Rockets like options at point guard

Rockets like options at point guard
October 16, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Lin thinks PG competition is a good thing

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s a good problem to have.

The Rockets have two players they feel can start at point guard – Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley. It’s one of the main issues facing Houston in its young season, and it’s a competition the Rockets feel is good for the team.

“When you have talent like that it can only help if someone goes down, if someone gets in foul trouble,” forward Chandler Parsons said. “So, to have Pat and Jeremy there that are basically starting point guards, it is going to help our team. We can mix them up can and do different lineups. I don’t know who’s going to start, but they both have been extremely good in preseason and in camp.”

“We’re pushing each other, and in a lot of ways we’re seeing a lot of different lineups where we play together at the 1 and the 2, so it’s just a matter of us going out there and playing the way we’re supposed to,” Lin said. “I think we’re going to have a lot of different unique lineups.

“One of the interesting things is that we’re very different players, and so it’s not like we can’t have both of us on the floor at the same time.”

Parsons doesn’t envy the decision Kevin McHale and his coaching staff has to make, but he feels both are more than deserving of the starting role. Through three preseason games, Lin has averaged 14 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2 steals while Beverley has averaged 8.7 points, 4.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2. 7 steals.

“They both had really good summers and worked on their game and now in preseason they worked extremely hard,” Parsons said. “Both their defenses have been really awesome, so it will be interesting to see what coach does, but it will be a win-win for us. Either one of those guys are more than capable of starting.”