Rockets ready in case Lin can't play
The show must go on, whether Jeremy Lin can play in Game Three or not.
With Lin sitting out of practice because of a bruised right chest muscle, the Rockets went through drills preparing as if he wasn't going to play, which makes sense since Lin wasn't on the practice floor. While Lin's status is still very much up in the air, the Rockets know the concepts have to stay the same.
"With or without Jeremy, we still have to play the same way," James Harden said. "We have to move the basketball, play as a team, team defense. We can't let the ball get stagnant
"We have to move the ball, no matter if Jeremy's in the lineup or not."
The Rockets' small-ball lineup had been working so well with Lin, Harden, Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley, and Omer Asik on the floor. Or basically any combination of four perimeter players and one big man. Even with Lin sitting out the the second half, Carlos Delfino came in and the Rockets nearly beat the Thunder.
"When we get more bogged down is when we try to do too much stuff off the dribble, so you don't have to be a point guard to pass and throw to the win, cut through," Kevin McHale said. "All of our guys are capable of doing that, so we're going to have to do more of that."
As far as any adjustments if Lin can't play on Saturday...
"Well, Patrick would obviously be the point," Chandler Parsons said. "He'll just have to get us in our offense. It really doesn't matter when we go small because we have four guys who can really handle the ball, bring the ball up, and get us in our offense. We'd obviously miss (Lin) greatly if he didn't play, but we'd have to continue on without him."