After 4 great games, Jeremy had an off game against the Wolves. The T-Wolves coming in after a few days of rest were all over the court defensively. They really took the Rockets starters out of their offense with aggressive, overplaying defense. Playing the 2nd game of their back to back, Houston looked sluggish and reverted back to their bad habit of isolations with not much ball or man movement.
Instead of setting hard screens and more ball movement, we saw the starters get lazy and just go one on one. This type of offense just kills Jeremy's game. How many times did they come down and JLin not even touch the ball. Or, how often is the ball reversed and swung to him? Is it just me or does it seem like it's few and far between when Jeremy actually gets an assisted basket? This must be so frustrating for him.
Yes, JLin's shot was off and he had a bunch of unforced TO's but you still gotta give your starting point guard more opportunities to play through that. It really looked like the guys found out JLin is still close to being named as an All-Star starter and they wanted to make sure that doesn't happen. I know that's not the case but it sure seemed like it.
For JLin, he still needs to really work on getting the ball when he is being overplayed on the initial pass. He's got to use his body better and make harder sharper cuts to get it at the top to start the offense. You know once Harden has it, he probably won't see it again. Also, he's got to make sure his foot is behind the line on his 3 pointers. At least 5 times this season he's had his foot on the line. If those are three's, he's shooting .33 %. Still not great but acceptable.
Sorry, I'm just frustrated seeing the lack of respect given to Jeremy. They win four straight with JLin putting up All-Star numbers, but it looks like his teammates and coaches still see him as just an OK guard. How many players in the modern era put up 37 pts and 7 asts twice in their first 50 starts? I found just two. Michael Jordan and listen to this, James Harden.
I guess there in lies the problem. As good as Harden is, Jeremy just doesn't get the type of touches he needs to get going some games. Imagine the type of numbers he'd be putting up in place of Lillard on the Trail Blazers. Everything runs through him, with Aldridge to run pick and roll and Batum to catch and shoot?
I'll stop complaining here. Even though it could be better, it could be a lot worse. Eventually, defenses will just force it out of Hardens hands. Jeremy will get more opportunities. The main thing is they are winning. The whole key is to get Jeremy to the playoffs. We're heading in the right direction but sometimes we have to take a step back before taking two steps forward.