Lin, Rockets learning from mistakes
The Rockets know they have to be better than what they showed against the Nuggets.
Jeremy Lin said after the game that, since he's the point guard, he should take some blame for the lack of offensive ball movement. He also talked about his 2-9 shooting which produced six points. If there's a shining light to Lin's performance, it was his career-best six steals. James Harden had his lowest offensive output as a Rocket. On the bright side, Carlos Delfino led all Rockets in scoring with 19 points off the bench, including four triples. Delfino gave the team a nice spark. Toney Douglas helped the offense get downcourt quickly, something Kevin McHale has been preaching.
Patrick Patterson had his best game this season with 18 points. He got his outside shot going. He kept the Rockets in the game. After two games in double digits, Marcus Morris came back down to earth a little bit on Wednesday night with a 1-7 performance.
Omer Asik was the Rockets' offensive force before Patterson started finding his rhythm. At one point, Asik doubled the combined scoring output of Lin and Harden. That, combined with his usual double-digit boards and defensive presence, made for a good effort until he had to go to the locker room to get stitched up. After he came back, the rhythm wasn't quite there and the Rockets were going small to match up with the lineup being employed on the floor by George Karl. Cole Aldrich had the team's highest point differential at +9.
Kevin McHale did not hide his frustration after the game and actually said he was frustrated during the press conference. That said, the team obviously knows how much work is left to do to get in sync together, to have the schemes become second nature. Some tough tests lie ahead. Three games in four nights. Buckle up.