Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 5:00 pm  |  33 responses

Tracy McGrady Says the Rockets’ 22-Game Winning Streak Was Harder Than Miami’s

The Miami Heat matched the Houston Rockets‘ incredible 22-game winning streak from the 2007-’08 season. According to Tracy McGrady, however, the Rockets’ streak was much tougher than Miami’s. T-Mac says Houston had to overcome major injuries, and he was the team’s only healthy superstar during a good chunk of its run. Per ESPN: “I’m enjoying watching because of the unknown,’ McGrady, by text, said of the Heat’s run. ‘But the way we did it was a lot harder. Having Yao [Ming] go out [due to injury] around the 12th game and Dikembe [Mutombo] filling his role was huge for our team. And we didn’t have three guys making $100 million.’ During their season, All-Stars McGrady and Yao led a good-but-not-great Houston club to 12 straight victories. But Yao broke his left foot in the 12th game, leaving 41-year-old Mutombo to step into the starting lineup at center. The Rockets continued to roll, though, winning 10 more times before losing to Boston on March 18, 2008, without the level of talent of ‘three guys making $100 million’ — referring to Miami’s LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Rockets eventually lost to Utah in the first round of the playoffs. [...] Kobe Bryant, who is nursing a sprained ankle while his Lakers make their push for a Western Conference playoff berth, said he couldn’t care less about Miami’s winning ways. When asked in a text whether he thinks the Heat will break the Lakers’ record, he responded: ‘Did you really ask me that?? Lol’”

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  • lights out

    you and your misleading headlines, slam. he’s not taking anything away from miami. he’s just saying that when houston did it, they only had two superstars, one of who went down twelve games in, as opposed to miami’s three (two and a half?) superstars. so he’s suggesting that in a certain way, it’s more impressive. a fair point.

  • thesage

    THE heat! LOL

  • kenny bell

    22 games in a row is impressive he nees to stop hating.

  • Lloyd

    The Heat play Boston tonight. 5 years ago to the DAY, the Celtics broke the Rocket’s 22 game win streak. Would be incredible if it happened again tonight. Would be a craaazy stat.

  • Redd

    He’s dead right, it was way more impressive.

  • Dubz

    The headline features T-Mac, but in the last bit SLAM throws in a Kobe Bryant quote. WTF?? What does he have to do with the headline? HAHA

  • la all day

    first time i ever rooted for boston anything my entire life

  • danpowers

    jordans 50+ games against the defensive juggernaut knicks were also harder than kobes 81 but a record is a record, nobody cares about the how. i have that funny feeling that the heat will extend it to the second longes winning streak in nba history tonite

  • Havana

    Not sure if anyone else feels like this, but I get the feeling when watching them that Heat games just don’t have the same aura / degree of difficulty as many teams in the past, or even some current teams. Whether its the allure of South Beach or the intimidation factor of going against 2.5 superstars Heat games just seem to lack intensity. Compare that to Jordan’s Bulls who literally plaid 82 playoff intensity regular season games per season, it kinda diminishes the feeling that I am seeing something ‘special’ (not just this streak, but even Lebron’s ‘historically epic’ season. It’s hard to say that teams get up for games going against the Heat / Lebron in the same way as they do for other teams (esp Jordan’s Bulls).

    I would also list 4 teams that stand above the pack in terms of intensity of competition this season. This year it seems like every team “gets up” for games against the Lakers (prob Kobe would have no less and would talk smack til the other team played hard), Knicks (MSG factor – a yearly thing – although approx. 40% of their games are a bore), Thunder (play in one gear), and Clippers (prob because they are fast paced, CP3 is intense, and to avoid getting dunked on by Blake). Miami’s games – intensity wise are far behind that pack. It really seems like a lot of teams sleepwalk into Miami and lack total preparation and don’t really seem to be up for the challenge. Lebron’s stats are amazing but it seems like all he gets to do is shoot open jump shots. I do think (in my opinion) that’s its one of those unquantifiable things that slightly diminish my view of LBJ and are representative of the distant, distant (and uncloseable) gap between him and Jordan (in my opinion again).

    Just my 2 cents

  • The Seed


  • A.

    Or maybe the fact that Miami is playing at such a high level that it makes the rest of the league seem unprepared and not up to the challenge. Be real, no one in the L wants a team to continue breaking records against them, these guys all want to snap the Heat’s win streak. If you think they’re all just laying down in front of Miami, then your 2 cents aren’t worth jack because you’re just being biased as hell. Jordan’s Bulls played 82 playoff intensity regular season games per season? GTFOH. Guess what your “above the pack” teams all have in common? They all got their collective behinds handed to them by the Heat. If you think Miami’s games haven’t been intense, then you just haven’t been paying attention.

    And regarding just shooting open jumpers, would you rather he shoot layups? Despite the fact that people keep saying that he can’t shoot (false), and that all he does is hit layups and dunks (false), you would think that letting him shoot jumpers would be the way to stop him. Well, obviously it’s not working since his stats are “amazing” (your words). So him dominating the league despite using what is considered to be the weakest part of his game the majority of the time is “diminishing your opinion of him”. Thankfully you put that this was all your opinion, because honestly, your opinion fncking sucks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    I find it hard to believe that teams “sleepwalk” vs MIA when those guys are the defending champions. That automatically places a bulls eye on their backs…..why does it always seem like bad teams like Wash and ORL give MIA trouble as much as the Top Teams do?

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    Shane Battier was on the rockets 22 game win streak. Another fun fact.

  • A.

    Simply because all teams play their hardest against the Heat. Even if they end up getting steamrolled.

  • flippity

    Jason Terry was molested.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    McGrady is right. That’s why the streak ended at 22 for them.

  • face

    miami won

  • Ohana

    That’s why his coach said he (LeBron) makes greatness look easy.

  • warren

    havana ur stuck in the past ur more of bulls fan bitter than a heat hater.. ” 2 cents” you idiot..

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    Incredible it is. 23straight

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    Are you related to Skip Bayless? you sound alot like him. I’m not a basketball guru but I’m a true fan of this game. The league today is what it is. We’re living in the present. Do you want miami to be apologetic for winning the short season?, for the so called lack of effort from other teams (the way you call it). I don’t think so man you sound just like tmac on the 100million players thing and to me that’s hatred, and it makes you really pathetic.

  • i_ball

    And it was in the west! Not taking anything away from the Heat though – they look unstoppable!

  • Lloyd

    …thanks for the heads up friend.

  • Lloyd

    Either team winning would’ve been incredible. Great game nonetheless.

  • Lloyd

    Direct quote: “I’m enjoying watching because of the unknown,’
    McGrady, by text, said of the Heat’s run. ‘But the way we did it was a
    lot harder”.

    “Tracy McGrady Says the Rockets 22 Game Winning Streak Was Harder Than Miami’s” is a pretty accurate description of that I would say.

  • pposse

    greatness is easy when you play with chris bosh and d wade, OR when Wade plays with chris bosh and Lebron, OR when Bosh plays with Wade and Lebron.

    Dont you guys remember when Barkley said that this team was unfair to the NBA? are people just forgetting this or brushing it off??

  • LP

    They are steamrolling the Eastern Conference, no challengers…this is why you feel this way….No team has a chance to come out of the East except Indiana (2-1 vs Mia). Nets just don’t have it, Bulls, Celtics, Sixers, Knicks, all have injurie issues..The East is Dead (its not MIAMIs fault, but still, you gotta note this)……BUT teams aren’t laying down, MIA has had some intense close games…

  • Troy

    Miami’s streak is “harder” because they have been killing most teams. Houston’s streak is definitely more improbable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    ”without the level of talent of ‘three guys making $100 million’’

    that to me is just lack of respect. I would prefer terry’s or kobe’s (i could care less) response.

  • toner

    (Waving) “Hey, Hey! I’m still here! Yep, I’m still alive and doing stuff! Hey, Hey!” – Tracy McGrady

  • tavish

    do bad the jazz destoryed them

  • Lloyd

    T-Mac has never been shy about his opinion, and it is a jab at the Heat to highlight the greatness of their own run. T-Mac has no reason to show respect to the Heat.

    Jet and Kobe both care. You either love the Miami Heat or hate them, but no one is indifferent. Regardless, you’re not going to say what another team is doing is impressive if they’re doing better than you or say you can beat them if you’re not good enough to stop them. They HAVE to say they can care less.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    nahhhh, i know tmac’s history well from the time he bolted in toronto to become ‘the man’ in orlando. i think he should ‘keep calm and stay happy’ in china