Rockets win, but Lin sad for traded teammates (Chinese)
Full trade reaction of Jeremy Lin, answering two questions back to back, is seen in this special Mandarin Minute discussing the Rockets' Wednesday trades that were followed by a big win over Oklahoma City.
Shortly before the team tipped off against the Thunder, the Rockets shipped Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas, and Cole Aldrich to the Kings for Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, and Tyler Honeycutt. Marcus Morris was reportedly shipped to the Suns for a future second-round pick. The remaining Rockets players found out about the news about 20 minutes before game.
"That was just pretty much the worst thing," Lin said. "It sucks because we were a close-knit team and we actually really, really care about everybody that got shipped off and it was just really emotional for me. I mean, to be honest, I was like, 'I don't really even want to play. I don't want to play tonight.' Yeah, it was really emotional, so I wish them the best. It just sucks to see them go, but I guess it's part of the business, but that's the tough part for me.
"It means a lot to get a win, but to be honest, it hurts," he said. "It's bittersweet. Tonight (Wednesday night) is definitely going to be bittersweet. We shipped off four guys and they're all a big part of our team and I'm going to miss playing with them. So yeah, I'm happy we won, but it really just sucks, to be honest."
Lin actually played this game while battling sickness. He still scored 29 points, with six rebounds and eight assists. Combined with James Harden's 46 points, eight rebounds, and six assists and also with Chandler Parsons' effort to come back from a sprained right ankle to score 17 points, the Rockets came back from a fourth quarter, 14-point deficit to win 122-119. Even if Lin had mixed emotions afterwards, the win was an important one for Red Nation. The Rockets are now four games ahead of both the Blazers and the Lakers for the decisive eighth spot in the Western Conference.