Lin, Rockets moving forward from Game 1

Lin, Rockets moving forward from Game 1
April 23, 2013, 12:30 am
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After struggling, Lin ready for Game 2

Jeremy Lin and the Rockets are determined to prove Game 1's loss was an aberration from the norm.

The Rockets lost 120-91 to the Thunder on Sunday. Lin was one of several Rockets who struggled, going 1-7 for four points and four turnovers in 32:29 of playing time.

Lin already acknowledged after Sunday's game that he struggled. On Monday, the talk was more about moving forward.

"Every game is a different animal," Lin said. "Every game has different personalities, so hopefully the next game will be a lot different."

"One thing about Jeremy is that he's a tough kid," Kevin McHale said. "He's always bounced back. I assume he'll play very well."

As a whole, Sunday was the first playoff experience for several Rockets, including Lin. The inexperience showed.

"You bring your car to a guy who says, 'Yeah, I read a manual on how to put a transmission together' or do you go to a guy who put 200 transmissions together," McHale said. "We're reading manuals about the NBA. (The Thunder) have done it. So, yeah, relax and let's go play, but you've got to experience it.

"Our guys had to kind of go through that playoff jitters, but now that we got that out of the way, now we've got to play better basketball is what we've got to do."

The Rockets wasted no time in trying to bounce back. They watched film during the Sunday night flight back to Houston. Turnovers and taking care of the ball were the common denominators for adjustments needed to be made by the Rockets for Game 2. And no matter what happened in Game 1, the Rockets are still only down one game in the series.

"You lose by one point, you lose by 30 points, it's still just one loss," Chandler Parsons said. "It doesn't carry over to the next game. I think it was not a good thing, but it's not the end of the world. It's one game in a seven-game series."