NBA: Houston Rockets Streak Over at 22

John LewisSenior Writer IMarch 19, 2008

The Boston Celtics came into Houston and broke up the second longest win streak in NBA history.

What does that mean for the Rockets? 

They went from 10th place in the playoff standings to first during that time, played better defense and came together as a team. 

But will 22 games mean momentum in the playoffs?

While the Rockets were certainly the hottest team during the past two months, NBA experts are still not sold on them winning the title, or even the conference title, for that matter. 

But for them, the easiest part is over.  The Rockets will have to build on their win streak and carry that over through the playoffs.

However, this loss to the C's should give the Rockets plenty to work on.  They were out rebounded 45-35, couldn't shake loose against a tough defense and didn't get the scoring from Tracy McGrady, 8 points, when it counted.

The Celtics advantage in offensive rebounds (16 to 11), steals (10 to 8), and turnovers (11-16) enabled them to put up 88 shots to Houston's 70.

My prediction is that the Rockets will finish behind the Lakers in the playoff seedings and lose in the first round of the playoffs.