In this edition of the Four-Point Play, I will discuss the Rockets’ amazing win streak, the significance of 50 wins, my impression of P.J. Brown/Sam Cassell, and the emergence of Kendrick Perkins.
1. The Houston Rockets have won a franchise-record 19 games in a row, to move themselves within 1.5 games of the Western Conference lead.
- As hot as the Celtics have been lately (9 wins in a row), the Rockets have been even hotter. Even more amazing is that they are 7-0 since it was announced that Yao Ming would miss the rest of the season with a leg injury.
- The Celtics face these Houston Rockets a week from tonight, and if both teams keep their streaks goin, it would be a 22-game win streak for the Rockets against a 13-gamer for the Celtics. Regardless, it will definitely be an intriguing matchup for two of the NBA’s hottest teams.
2. After beating the 76ers Monday night, the Celtics improved to 50-12 on the season. They have already won 26 more games than they did all of last season.
- I think 50 wins are kind of significant since they haven’t done it since the 1990-91 season with Larry Bird and Robert Parrish leading the team. But, for a team of this caliber, 50 wins is just another small stepping stone.
- The Celtics should get to 60 wins (they need to finish 10-10 to do that), which would be remarkable considering where they were last year and where they are this year.
- 60 wins would be extremely significant in my opinion, but obviously if they run the table the rest of the way and get to 70-12, that would be one of the most amazing achievements in the history of the NBA. (I’d put there chances at minuscule, even for this team)
3. P.J. Brown and Sam Cassell both made their debuts recently for the Celtics. In Cassell’s team debut, he finished with zero points and 3 personal fouls.
- It’s good to see these guys getting some action, but you’d have to expect them to be rusty. It’s especially true for P.J. Brown, who seemed like he was overplaying in his first game this season.
- Cassell also seemed overaggressive (hence the 3 fouls), but that can be expected. He went from nothing (Clippers) to everything (Celtics) in a matter of days.
4. In March, Kendrick Perkins has averaged 11 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks in 5 games played.
- Perk has been a beast.
- He’s really starting to blossom as a consistent, defensive-minded center. The eye-popping stats are the double-digit rebounds and 3+ blocks per game. He’s starting to come into his own as a defender, and KG’s presence has a lot to do with that.
- Offensively, he can also thank KG, who draws a lot of double teams. All the double-teams leaves Perk wide-open at times, and for the most part, he converts (61% from the field this year).
- I’m excited for Perk’s future, but we will see how his regular season surge translates in the playoffs.
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