McGrady not impressed with Heat's streak

March 18, 2013

You may not be surprised to know that Tracy McGrady thinks the Miami Heat's 22-game winning streak is less impressive than the Houston Rockets' 22-game streak of 2007-08.

McGrady, of course, was on that Houston team, and on Monday told ESPN his Rockets accomplished the superior feat.

"I'm enjoying watching because of the unknown," McGrady said. "But the way we did it was a lot harder. Having Yao (Ming) go out (because of 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."

"Impressive" is vague and subjective, which is a good way to start a debate. Certainly the Rockets' 22-game winning streak was more surprising. The Rockets were not the defending NBA champions, and they didn't have the best player in the world on their team. Further, the Rockets were just 24-20 when the streak began. They were a team that without a long winning streak would have won 44 or 45 games, and ended up winning 55 and getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

Miami, on the other hand, was 29-14 when the streak began on Feb. 3, meaning it was on pace for 55 wins. Miami is now 51-14.