Grieving McHale texts Rockets after their win
Kevin McHale was watching from afar as the Rockets beat the Raptors.
"He's all over our mind," Chandler Parsons said. "That's our head coach. That's our leader. Just imagine what he's going through, just how close he is with his family. It hurts. He texted at the end of the game to say 'Thank you.' So you can tell he's down, but just watching us get these wins is helping him and I think that should give us more incentive to keep playing together, keep playing hard, and being a product of him because even though he's hurting right now, he's watching us. And he's proud of us."
Jeremy Lin said Parsons was the one who told the team in the huddle, "Let's go get this one for coach."
"We all wanted to do it," Lin said. "We all wanted to do it for him. And we're going to see him tomorrow, so it's been awhile.
"Anything that we can do to try to get his mind off of what he has going on... he's such an unselfish team person. I know he watched the game because he texted me and told me his thoughts. It's just incredible that he takes the time to do that. For me, I'm starting to see him kind of like as more than a coach because he goes beyond what a head coach is obligated to do."
The team is headed to Minnesota overnight to join McHale for his daughter's funeral on Wednesday morning before flying to Oklahoma City for a game against the Thunder later that same night.
Sasha McHale passed away on Saturday afternoon. She was 23 years old.