Kevin McHale downplayed Jeremy Lin's fourth quarter benching in the Rockets' last game against the Bobcats.
"Jeremy's OK," McHale said. "Jeremy's a young guy who's been up and down before. He's a young fellow. You have some ups and downs and that'll be the case with a lot of young guys. No big deal. Things are fine."
James Harden was also asked about Monday's game, when it was Patrick Beverley, not Lin, running the point the entire fourth quarter of the Rockets win.
"It's not just Jeremy," Harden said. "But it's a lot of our guys. Myself as well. We've got to bring each other in. We went through a tough stretch, so everybody kind of put their heads down a little bit. And being that this is a new role for me, I've got to do a better job of leading these guys and telling them that this is a game. Everybody goes through stretches. We've got to figure out a way to get out of it."
Lin did not speak with reporters on Tuesday.