Delfino has a huge game in return
Carlos Delfino had season highs in all sorts of important categories in Monday's 123-104 win over the Hawks. And he wasn't even feeling his best.
Delfino shot 8-10 from the field, made 6-8 from distance, scored 22 points, and had eight assists with no turnovers. All the statistics were season highs.
He did not expect this after missing two games with food poisoning.
"When the game started, I was on the bench," Delfino said. "I was kind of sweating. I was feeling cold. And I looked at the trainer, JB (Jason Biles), and I was like, 'I'm weak.' He was like, 'Stay with us, stay with us' and then when you start to play, you forget about everything, especially after making the first couple of shots."
"He played really well for us," Kevin McHale said. "We needed him to. Carlos is great. Carlos just came in and just moved the ball, made shots... he had 8 assists. He really played well and he just played simple basketball. He's made simple plays and it was just kind of how he plays: he just lets the game come to him."
McHale had called Delfino a steadying hand that the Rockets had been missing in their previous two games, both losses.
"We missed him these last few games," James Harden said. "He brings scoring off the bench, scoring, and playmaking. He did a great job of just catching and shooting and making plays for other people, so that's the type of effort we need from different guys. Different guys need to step up in different games and tonight, he stepped up big."
Red Nation could easily describe Delfino's New Year's Eve play as sick. It just makes it even more remarkable that he still felt a tad sick as he was having his sickest night of the year.