The Houston Rockets are on a 21 game winning streak and have won 25 of their last 26 games. A closer look at their schedule shows that they have beaten some of the worst teams in the league.
I am not impressed with their win streak at all. It is not like they faced a Murderers' Row of good teams such as Boston, the Lakers, and the Pistons. Who cares if they can beat losing teams like Charlotte, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Miami, and Memphis?
How about beating Indiana twice or Dallas on the road when the Mavs were without Dirk Nowitzki? Only seven of their 21 wins have been on the road and 12 teams they played were from the weak Eastern Conference. Their best victory on this win streak is against the Hornets on the road.
This win streak just shows how watered down the NBA is. There are more bad teams than good teams and some teams in the Eastern Conference probably will make it into the playoffs without a winning record.
The Rockets will be lucky to win one playoff series in April. They will miss Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady won't be able to do it all by himself once again. They have a lot of good role players but most of them don't have any playoff experience. No one knows how Luis Scola, Carl Landry, and Aaron Brooks will perform in the playoffs.
The city of Houston should enjoy this win streak because they will have a hard time making any noise in the postseason without Yao. The win streak will end eventually and probably sooner than later.
They should be able to defeat a Lakers team without Pau Gasol on Sunday
but the streak will end next week at home against Boston or on road against the Hornets, Warriors, and Suns. In fact, they might lose all those games. Houston, celebrate this great streak now because no one will remember or care about it next month when the playoffs begin.