Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I was tempted to title this post something like "22 and DONE" but I'll leave that hackneyed pun to the brain-geniuses over at ESPN. Anyways, the Houston Rockets' monumental 22-game winning streak came to a shuddering halt tonight courtesy of the Celtics, who not only won but blew them out in cold and methodical fashion, 94-74. The C's have now won 13 of their last 14, which isn't 22-0 (or even 22-1) but is still damned impressive. This one will undoubtedly be thoroughly diced up by the national media, but I'll break down some highlights, starting with Leon Powe's robust 21 points off the bench. KG and Pierce combined for 44 (22 and 20, respectively), but watching the game the biggest story seemed to be Houston's inability to grab rebounds and defend inside when it counted. This Rockets team has been playing undersized for weeks now--it's definitely been part of their charm--but tonight it finally caught up to them, which is interesting considering that the conventional wisdom on the C's at the beginning of the season was that they lacked the size to bang with the West. Who's laughing now, I ask. Anyways, to sum things up, this was a great win and we ought to bask in the national ass-kissing the Celtics will have coming to them at least until the Mavs game on Thursday.