McHale back, discusses Lin's playing time (Chinese)
In the latest Rockets Report, Howard Chen discusses Kevin McHale's first game back coaching the team, a game where Jeremy Lin played his fewest minutes as a Houston Rocket.
McHale had been out since November 10th to deal with a family emergency that ended up, unfortunately, being about his daughter Sasha. Sasha passed away after a battle with lupus at the age of 23.
Some of the players weren't aware McHale was coming back on Saturday, so they were pleasantly surprised and inspired to get a win over Dallas.
Unfortunately, that win didn't come.
For Lin, he had a decent game, going 2-4 with seven points, two steals, and some nice passes. Thing is, he only had 18 minutes on the floor to showcase his stuff while his backup, Toney Douglas, got over 30 minutes.
Asked about it afterwards, McHale explained how he was going for the defensive matchup to try to slow down the Mavericks' O.J. Mayo, who went off for 40 points, and that he felt Douglas was doing a better job defensively on Mayo than any of the other options they had tried.
Therefore, down the stretch, it was Douglas on the floor, not Lin.
To his credit, Lin respected McHale's decision and cited a need to improve on both ends of the floor to earn more playing time for the future.
Next up for the Rockets? A tough matchup with the Spurs, the same team that handily defeated the Rockets 114-92 this past Friday night.