It has been exactly a month since my last blog and I am sitting here listening to the pre-game commentary and realizing how much I have missed this feeling…of anticipation, of pride, of excitement… And I’m not gonna lie the 8th seed playing the 1st seed kind of has me a little worried. Everyone is saying that my Rockets don’t stand a chance….but the underdogs have defeated champions before, so we shall see.
A few things to keep in mind: this is Lin’s FIRST playoff game. Sometimes people forget that Lin sat out during the playoffs last season when he was with the Knicks, so I hope the pressure doesn’t get to him mentally. Also this game is being played at OKC’s home court and it’s a sold out game. It is like a sea of blue out there in the crowd…so they definitely have the home court advantage.
Stay with me…I’ll be updating this post after each quarter. Anyways…let the game begin!!!
First Quarter: HOU 19 vs. OKC 26
Ok my heart is very nervous for my boys right now. This first quarter was really hard to watch…during most of the first quarter, Houston was down by at least half of the points that OKC had…so it’s actually a relief that they are only down by 7pts right now. It’s not that HOU is playing horribly…it’s just that OKC is playing well. There were a lot of missed shots, a few turnovers…that blocked shot of Harden’s that made me scream at the tv…but there is still 3 more quarters to go. Let’s go Houston!!!
Halftime: HOU 47 vs. OKC 60
OMG…did you all see that beautiful play by Beverly and Parsons?! I couldn’t help by clap my hands and squeal.
There is still 3 minutes left to go but damn, our Rockets are playing hard and they are slowly coming back!! They even tied at one point!! My heart has finally calmed down a little *whew*.
And just as I post the above….OKC’s Perkins caught the ball all the way down the court and put in an uncontested dunk and my heart almost stopped because it was like I was watching a fall in slow motion and couldn’t stop it.
Then another dunk by OKC. And I’m still screaming at the tv. Harden started out slow…probably because he was playing his former teammates but right now Harden is still outscoring Durant. This game is getting really hard to watch. Down by 13…
3rd Quarter: HOU 66 vs. OKC 89
And it just keeps getting worse…missed shots galore. Lin had a steal at one point but lost the ball. I almost can’t watch this game anymore…almost…*sigh* Everything that I do for the love of Jeremy Lin. I swear it’s like I can’t watch him fail but I also can’t tear my eyes away in case he makes a beautiful play or by some miracle they win. I think there are like 2 Houston fans in the crowd and the camera man made sure to linger on their sad faces for like 10 seconds. Thank goodness for Delfino’s 3pter…not that it made much difference though because the Rockets are down by 19 right now. And OKC’s Westbrook just made a nice layup *deep sigh*. But Westbrook is on fire tonight and playing very well, so I can’t hate on his skills right now. I keep reminding myself the Rockets have won against OKC and came back after a huge deficit…so it’s not totally over yet.
Final: HOU 91 vs. OKC 120
Ok…let’s just say this game was a learning experience for our young Rockets. I know McHale will be having them watch the video during their downtime to prepare for this Wednesday’s game #2. With about 4 minutes left in the game, McHale pulled out his starters and put in the new rookies…that’s how you know the game was truly over for the Rockets. I know some folks will be blaming this loss on McHale, but the missed shots or turnovers are not his fault. And since OKC was already up by 30pts, which will be hard to recover from in 4 minutes, it is probably better to rest your starters for the next game and give your rookies some playing time. It wasn’t that HOU played bad tonight…it was just that OKC played so much better and towards the end I feel like the Rockets just kind of gave up. Let’s hope they save their energy and come back strong Wednesday night because I don’t know how I’m gonna watch another game like this from Houston!! Commentators just called this a “blowout win” and since my Rocket are on the losing end of that comment…I am not too happy right now. *blah*
Top 5 Scorers:
1) Harden: 20 pts, 6 rbds, 2 asts
2) Beverly: 11 pts, 4 rbds, 4 asts
3) Delfino: 10 pts, 2 rbds, 1 ast
4) Asik: 9 pts, 7 rbds, 2 asts
5) Parsons: 9 pts, 3 rbds, 0 ast
It’s almost 1am Eastern Time right now and these are all the videos that I could find. Please let me know if you find more videos that you don’t see here and if you give me the link to it, I will share it with everyone else.
It was great to be able to watch a game and blog for everyone again tonight. Join me this Wednesday for Game #2!! Goodnight all my faithful readers and Jeremy Lin and Houston Rockets fans!!
Updated with Pics and Video (courtesy of Lin Lady mber!!)
look at the concentration on that beautiful face…
having a chat with McHale
love this one against Westbrook
I don’t know what I am looking at harder…his “cry” face which makes me want to fight someone or his ass jammed up against lucky #5
this is seriously like a ballet dance pose!!
I can’t stand to see him make these faces!!
Can I have his lips for dinner??
I LOVE him in his specs :-)
Jeremy looks so down (but also so freaking hot!!). As he said, they don’t have any excuses but they need to prepare for the next game and that’s what their focus is going to be on moving forward.