10/31 (Wed) Rockets 104 Pistons 95
11/02 (Fri) Rockets @ Hawks 4:30 PM (PT)
11/03 (Sat) Rockets vs Trail Blazers 5:00 PM (PT)
Wow, what a start for the Rockets and the JLin & JHard dynamic duo! I still cannot believe that the Thunder actually traded James Harden. This is just crazy. Harden practiced with the team for 2 days and JLin is not even at full strength. Wow, just wow!!! This is gonna be so much fun. I already can't wait for Friday's game.
Here is a quick overview of what I saw:
JHard is basically a young Manu, but even better. He can score inside and out and is amazingly efficient and totally unselfish. He was incredible all night in every aspect of the game. What do you think the Thunder and KD are thinking right now?
JLin played well, especially on the defensive end. His court awareness is just so good that he is able to make everyone around him so much better defensively. He looked good offensively as well but his explosiveness near the rim is not all the way back, thus missing on some makable finishes. His jumper looked good to start the 2nd half. I think he is still thinking a bit and needs to shoot more. He should be around 14-15 attempts per game.
Tonight his stat line (besides +-) didn't show his full impact but he is not worried about his numbers. In high school JLin could of easily averaged 25 a game his SR year but only averaged 15 in leading Paly to the State Championship. Lets not get worried about the stats after one game. They'll take care of itself over time.
The rest of the Rockets played hard and played strong defense. Greg Smith continued his great play from preseason. He left with what looked like a sprained ankle in the second half and we'll need him back. I love his dirty work and his play around the basket. My one criticism would be that Marcus Morris is not ready to contribute. Even though he had a few breakaways, I thought he really hurt the team when he was in and the +/- confirm that. I think having Pattrick Patterson back will make a huge difference.
Also, it looks to me that this team is one solid big man away from being serious contenders. I'm sure that Morey is working hard to pull another trade for a big guy.
Also, forgot to add that McHale needs to sit Jeremy and James separately. They both came out at the same time in the first half. You need have one of them on the court at all times.
Lin to Asik: