What a game it was last night for the young Rockets. The least experienced team in the NBA crushing the most experienced. It's just one game and like you can't read too much into one loss, we can't read too much into one win. However, here are a few of my observations.
When a teammate is playing his former team for the first time, you know how badly they want to win that game. Chandler Parsons really stepped up and played his best game as a Rocket to help his buddy JLin get the win. Basically saying by his play, "I got your back". James Hardin did the same, playing like the Hardin of the first 2 games of the season and Omer played great as well. This was by far, the best overall game by the Rockets. They were just on fire from the outside and consistently attacked the paint as well.
As JLin said he's been exposed a bit recently, the Knicks were exposed a bit too. Their perimeter D was non-existent and besides Tyson Chandler, they look to have no inside presence. Granted, the Knicks were coming in at the tail end of a long road trip. However, I thought Melo looked great. He's lost about 15 pounds and looks to be on a mission. Iman Shumperts return will really help their perimeter D and when Amare returns, he'll give them much more inside. I believe the Knicks have a good shot to make the conference finals.
Back to JLin, it was a nice step in the right direction for him. He was much more aggressive throughout, going to the basket. He's still struggling to finish when contested, which was one of his strengths during his breakout. It looks like its just gonna take a little more time to get back that last bit of explosiveness. He finally hit a 3 pointer and that felt so so good. I feel he is really on the verge of a shooting breakthrough. One, where he gets hot and hits 4,5, 6 jumpers in a row.
Next up is Toronto and Kyle Lowry. I already can't wait to see that matchup!
The game last night from the NY perspective:
Knicks give Lindefensible effort in loss to Rockets - NYPOST.com
Knicks links: Defense contains Jeremy Lin, forgets about Rockets' James Harden, Chandler Parsons | NJ.com
With Knicks’ Eyes on Him, Lin Improvises in Win - NYTimes.com