Halftime: HOU 48 and NOH 40
The game started out really well for the Rockets!! Harden is playing well with 11 pts already. Lin started out the game with a beautiful 3pter and has 9 pts already, which is better than how is has played in the last few games and better than when he played the Bobcats when he only had 4pts the whole game. And Morris with his chocolate lips also, had a powerful 3pter! Parsons had a nice dunk! Just a really really good start for the Rockets and though the Hornets came close to matching the gap, they never succeeded. Another good thing is that Lin is not being benched for most of the first half, so his potential to score and assist is looking better already.
Final Score: HOU 100 and NOH 82
The Rockets won…ironically, and I say ironically because their last game against the Hornets on Jan. 9th was where things started to go downhill for the Rockets and it was after that game that they lost their winning streak and proceeded to lose 8 of their next 9 games. So thank goodness for this win!! It was what they needed to help boost their moral and it was what McHale hoped for after he gave them a pep talk which included showing them video of all their positive plays, and not just their negative ones. During the second half of the game, it was like the Hornets had no defense at all…there was so much space on the floor that Harden, Morris, Delfino, etc. were left wide open for shots. Harden and Lin also got fouled, much to the Hornets displeasure, which was evident in the shouting from the fans. Towards the end, it was like a disaster for the Hornets as they unraveled and couldn’t even get a basket in during the very last moments of the 4th quarter.
TOP 5 SCORERS:
1) Harden: 30 pts, 4 rbds, 8 assts
2) Patterson: 18 pts, 13 rbds, 0 assts
3) Delfino: 14 pts, 3 rbds, 2 assts
4) Lin: 13 pts, 5 rbds, 8 assts
5) Parsons: 10 pts, 3 rbds, 2 assts
Overall a good game for the Rockets as a team and I think Jeremy played better than he has been these past few nights. But with that being said…I still do not think he is playing with the same aggression that he used to have. For example, tonight Jeremy put up 13pts, which isn’t bad but I feel like it’s just the safe average for a player, who has the potential to score in the 20s every night. If it wasn’t for power plays from Harden or Parsons, sometimes Jeremy’s points wouldn’t make much of a difference in a win-lose situation. I feel like I’ve held his hand all season and been like, “it’s ok…it was still a good game…you will score big next time…” and I’ve been waiting for him to regain his mojo back and I’m still waiting and it’s about to be February already!! How does everyone else feel about this?? Am I being too critical of Jeremy???
Also here is a post-practice interview Jeremy did yesterday: http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/jeremy-lin-01242013. It sounds like Jeremy is trying to say that Harden is the leader of the team and that everyone else should play around Harden. I don’t really know if I like that. I feel like Jeremy is better when he is leading the team and when he can the other players can help play around him. Or why does there even have to be only ONE leader…why can’t it be both Jeremy and Harden?! What do you all think about this?? On a side note…Jeremy’s smile at the end of the video when he was talking about Harden was too cute!!
I’m waiting for video highlights and will share those on here, once people start uploading them.
And really Jeremy…really?! Do you love popcorn that much?? Or do you just need something to hold onto…because I am probably the same size as that bag of popcorn and I don’t smell like butter. Just saying…LOL