John Wall, Stephen Silas’ emotional reaction after snapping Rockets’ 20-game losing streak
John Wall, Stephen Silas and the Houston Rockets finally got their much-awaited win on Monday. Everyone in Clutch City can now take a collective sigh of relief and finally sleep tight as their team, at long last, snapped their 20-game losing skid which dates back to early February.
You don’t have to be a Rockets fan to appreciate this moment for both Wall and Silas (via Bleacher Report):
John Wall and Stephen Silas hug it out after snapping their 20-game losing streak 🙏 pic.twitter.com/9Ksgbf6T4c
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 23, 2021
Silas’ tenure in Houston has been far from what he had expected after taking on the job prior to the 2020-21 NBA season. The first-year head coach has seen his team change from superstar to superstar in a matter of months, and his time with the Rockets has been clouded with this recent drought of 20 straight losses. Clearly, Silas was overjoyed after notching just his 12th win of the season over the Toronto Raptors.
“It’s like, indescribable,” the Rockets coach said after the 117-99 win, via AT&T SportsNet SW. “I’m just so proud of the guys. When you’re going through it and fighting so hard and you just see the disappointment in the players’ faces after loss after loss after loss and then to go in the locker room after today’s game and everybody’s just happy and joyous, it’s really super cool and great.”
— AT&T SportsNet SW (@ATTSportsNetSW) March 23, 2021
Wall echoed his head coach’s joy after leading the Rockets with a triple-double performance of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the Raptors. He, too, was more than happy for his team to finally go over the hump. The veteran guard was particularly elated for his head coach.
“I just told him we finally got one,” John Wall said when asked about his emotional moment with Stephen Silas after the buzzer sounded, via Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610. “Like I told him, I’m riding with him no matter what. He said the same thing to me. He told me he loves me and appreciates my leadership. No coach like this in their first year wants to deal with all the adversity he dealt with but he’s somebody in the locker room that guys respect and other coaches respect him. He’s a great guy.”
John Wall on his postgame hug with Stephen Silas: "He was happy and I know after what his emotions were the last 24 hours it was big to come out here and compete and play at a high level for him and get a win. Like I told him, I'm riding with him no matter what…" pic.twitter.com/EnOzRZa7t8
— Adam Spolane (@AdamSpolane) March 23, 2021