Thank goodness I made it home from work, just in time to catch the second half of the game. And thank goodness the Rockets played hard tonight and finally left that losing streak behind them…just in time for thanksgiving.
3rd QUARTER: 65 to 66
I barely got to see Lin play b/c right when I started watching the game, Lin got benched, but from what the commentators were saying, tonight was not a good game for Lin at all. He got called on fouls, he had 5 TO (his highest so far of the season), and he even got called for a travel. A travel?! I don’t even remember ever hearing Lin getting called on a traveling violation in any of the games I’ve seen!!! Because of that, Tony Douglas was put in and played the remaining 8+ min of the 3rd quarter.
FINAL SCORE: 89 to 93
The 4th quarter started out with a Bang, literally, with Parsons starting out with a basket. Parsons played very well tonight and this game gave him his 4th double double of the season and it’s still very early in the season. Last year, Parsons only had 2 double doubles the ENTIRE season…which just goes to show that Parsons is playing better and better. Two other players that really stood out to me tonight were Asik and Douglas. I always love the way Asik plays…and I think most people would agree with me. He is a big guy and since he was playing against his former teammates (b/c the Bulls couldn’t match Houston’s offer)…I would think they would know all his weaknesses and be able to match them or that his size wouldn’t allow him to move so quickly, but I would be wrong. He is always rebounding and always coming through to his teammates block after block. Whenever Asik isn’t on the floor…I feel like Houston’s defense goes down. Another star player tonight was Douglas. I praised Douglas’ play in my last post and I will do it again. Douglas replaced Lin within the last 2 min of the game and that move mad a big impact. Douglas had an incredible 3ptr with 1:11 min left in the game and continued to play well, with 9 pts in the 4th quarter.
Two things I was not happy about: 1) Lin was fouled from behind in the 4th quarter and the refs did not even call it b/c they claimed to not have seen it!!! 2) The fact that Sampson withdrew Lin from the game with only 2 min left to play in the final quarter. This time, putting Douglas in helped the team…but some of the other games, I feel like having Lin in would have made a difference. I am NOT mad that Douglas played instead of Lin…I am mad that Sampson (in my opinion) doesn’t trust or have enough confidence to let Lin finish the games. I think this in turn will affect Jeremy’s confidence in himself and if the interim coach doesn’t have confidence in Jeremy, then it will affect how his teammates will also see Jeremy’s skills. Parson’s please give Jeremy a confidence pep talk!!! I know Landry would have done it for Jeremy…and right now Parson’s has kinda taken Landry’s place. They need to work out together, practice one on one, or do some couch surfing or something…whatever will make Parson’s high stats rub off on Jeremy!!!!
Top 5 Scorers: ( I can’t believe my Jeremy didn’t even make the top 5 list of the night!!!)
1) Harden: 28 pts, 4 rbds, 3 ast
2) Patterson: 20 pts, 8 rbds, 1 ast
3) Parsons: 18 pts, 13 rbds, 2 ast
4) Douglas: 11 pts, 3 rbds, 2 ast
5) Smith: 8 pts, 4 rbds, 1 ast
On another note….tomorrow is the holiday of “Thanksgiving” here in the states. Through his foundation, Jeremy invited Coach Sampson to help him distribute turkey and other food items to the less fortunate in the Houston area.
Go here for the video clip: Jeremy gives back for Thanksgiving
No matter how he plays on the court, I will always be a Jeremy Lin fan for what this guy does off the court. I know the NBA players try to regularly give back to the community, but something tells me that Jeremy would have done something like this regardless of his star power.
Regardless of whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope everyone finds a reason to give thanks and to feel blessed! I am thankful for many things this year, some superficial and some really important, but I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who reads this blog and everyone who continues to support Jeremy Lin and in turn supports my guilty pleasure!! You all really make my day!!!