Lin on Harden: 'We need to find a balance'
Losing eight of their last nine games is obviously very frustrating for the Rockets.
And their leader, James Harden, maybe feels like he has to take on too much as teammate Patrick Patterson mentioned after Wednesday night’s 105-95 loss to Denver, but Jeremy Lin said it’s really a team thing.
“We have to be able to help him in what he does, aide him, complement him,” Lin said. “Then he has to use us -- and not that he's not using us – I’m just saying we just have to be able to get more of that and find a balance because he's such an elite player. We need to find a way to get him and everybody else going at the same time.”
As a team that sits at .500 and is tied with Portland for the eighth spot in the Western Conference just a little over half way through the season, they know what they need to do to keep pushing towards the playoffs.
“As the style of how we play, we've really fallen off,” coach Kevin McHale said. “We're off. We're not pushing it. Sometimes the best thing to do is to see how we did when we're holding the ball too much, playing the small spaces. We’ve got to move the ball. We’ve got to play in bigger spaces.”
“We just look like we're playing in sand right now and that's what we addressed today,” Lin said. “So today we were getting up and down, flying. That's how it's supposed to be. That's when we all have fun and we all get going.”
But despite their concerns, McHale believes they can get back to their style of play and thus their winning ways as he addressed the team.
“He keeps telling us ‘it's a long season,’” Lin said. “’We’ve got to stay together. I've been in the league for a long time and I've seen this before. We can break this thing as fast as it happened. It just takes one game to snap out of it. It really does.’”
The Rockets will have a chance to get back on track when they play at the New Orleans Hornets at 7 p.m. on Friday night.