Friday, December 14, 2012

Rockets vs Celtics Game #22 Game Thread - Cont

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  1. Nice. Hit the open 3s, and the lanes will open!

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  2. Lin is still good from 3. Hes got it back. Just needs to shoot more.

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  3. He's doing a good job of defense on Rondo. Most people thought he'd get burned trying to contain Rajon, but he's doing a decent job of stopping his drive and forcing him to shoot long jumpers.

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    1. Even last time, Rondo shot, like, 7/20. And it's not Jeremy's fault if Pierce, Allen and Garnett make contested 20ft jumpers.

      Meanwhile, Jeremy had a very gutsy game despite two BS fouls that messed up his rhythm (also hit a couple HUGE late baskets).

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  4. Amazing pass by Jeremy from half-court -- no assist, but FTs for Greg Smith (love that guy!).

    Lin and Smith...that's a killer combo. Smith just needs to defend without fouling.

    Finally, I agree with McHale on Jeremy being subbed out! Needs a breather.

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    1. good sign- going to rest Jeremy for the 4th

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    2. Lin throws amazing pass.

      Commentator (Barry?) immediately starts whining about bad Celtics defence.

      That guy is terrible

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    3. Barry's been talking crap all night.

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    4. No really? maybe they're playing bad defense because the Rockets is breaking them down? The Celtics is one of the best teams in the NBA and they don't play bad defense for any reason.

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  5. jezz when Harden has the ball like every night, the rox offense is very predictable and slow. Also his TO's can cost the game, plz JLIn just play your game regardless

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  6. Barry is a pessimist. No body likes a pessimist. I like Hubie Brown from last years Lakers game with Mike Tirico. He loved Lin.,

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  7. if there is one thing that's doing well with the rockets their bench scoring has picked up tremendously. The bench no longer sucks.

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    2. yup and they are more consistent now. Unlike before where we collectively moan oh the bench sucks. they can now hold their own.

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  8. Jeremy still on the bench...oy vey.

    I'll keep watching, but I'm not posting till tomorrow.

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    1. They in love with Jeremy on bench. They give Jeremy a rest again. It's all good. They like Jeremy.

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  9. In Celtic, you can see rondo is the pg by the number of assists he got and in rockets, everybody can be a pg. But it seems like they have some good ball movement tonight. And seems like a win so far. Thats good. It's ok if lin end up 5 pts with a big w. And 6 turnovers for rondo, yap. Not too many.

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    1. why is Mchale sitting Lin? Rondo is already in the game. he's too comfortable in that coaching position he has.

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    2. He loves Lin that's why he sits him.

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    1. Our belove Jeremy is on bench watching, relaxing, enjoying.

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    2. They're giving this game to the Celtics.

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    1. TD's not even playing better.

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    2. but i guess its easy to impress when the expectation is low.

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  12. Looks like Lin won't be playing in the 4th Quarter. Coach thinks he's useless in crunch time ... despite everything Lin has done for the Rockets.

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    1. Nono. Coach loves him. Coach said, Jeremy my boy you must be tired from playing all that minutes, now sit and have a rest. Let them run like a crazy horse. You just enjoy the win. Yup.

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  13. Why be surprised? I am not anymore. For any Asian kid like Lin to make it big, he needs to perform above and beyond his peers. To perform arguably equal to Toney Douglas will relegate Lin to the bench every time.

    As an Asian American, Lin will need to outperform his peers to get treated fairly by the coaches etc. Les Alexander brought Lin in as a marketing ploy and East West Bank and Peak Shoes etc bought right into it. It's just what it is.

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    1. Sorry, but if Lin is only performing equal to TD (and I am NOT saying that he is... I think Lin is performing better), true meritocracy requires that the two share equal minutes, which would relegate one player to the bench half the time.

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    3. wiffle, the 4th Q matters most. Lin not playing means the Rockets thinks he is less reliable and useful than Lin.

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    4. Hard to think about true meritocracy when you think of the way the Rox bench him.

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  14. I don't get why Lin got benched for the entire 4th quarter...

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  15. Also, Lin is good enough to create a controversy through his play. The Rockets prefer it not to happen even if they lose.

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  16. Fuck McHale and Sampson. What the fuck? Douglas is 2 and 7.

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  17. I can't stand watching these games... I don't know how Lin does it..... I'm just so upset right now.

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  18. This coaching staff is terrible... LIN is at his best in the second half, much so in 4Q, try recalling the 7-win linsanity stretch... awful, awful, awful

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    1. Coaching is only truly terrible if it's causing the team to lose.

      We'll see the result at the end of the game.

      I would say that the minutes are not optimal for Lin. Lin should really be playing 30-35 mins a game. Sub-30 is a bit too low.

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  19. Lin is outplaying Douglas and still gets benched. Fckn ridiculous..

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  20. TD with the clutch 3. TD gonna take over Lin's Minutes now!

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  21. i'm so confused, I don't even know what to say anymore.

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  22. Lin will be traded tomorrow.

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    1. Jeremy will look good as a Laker.

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    2. If Lin cannot succeed in Houston, he won't succeed anywhere else. Granted he may look better elsewhere, but there is no guarantee of that. In Lakerland, Kobe is king and ballhogs like no other. Lin could look even more lost there than in Houston...There is no guarantee.

      Lin does need to play with another guard who doesn't dominate the ball with the dribble like Iman Shumpert or Landy Fields or Tony Allen etc. I don't believe any team in the NBA believes in him to give him that opportunity. I will wait for his 3 yr contract to be up or for him to be traded. This Rocket team doesn't fit him at all. I hope these struggles here toughen his resolve to become an even greater player that simply cannot be ignored in yr 2 and 3 of his contract.

      This yr, unless he gets traded, will be a lost yr for him.

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  23. I am so dissapointed by Asian sponsors paying money to the Rockets like a bunch of fools. I truly hope they pull their sponsorships as a message to the Rockets they are not that stupid. But sadly they will keep paying money like a bunch of idiots as long as Asia carries Houston games.

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    1. If you're thinking that Lin would average 25/8/6 with "proper" use there is no coach in the whole NBA who would satisfy you.

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    2. Lin could definitely do that as the lead guard. He might not last long physically though for more than 2-3 seasons.

      When I say 25/8/6 I mean he can get significant stats, whether its 15/10/5 or 16/9/4, he can get stats. 25 might be high, but Lin could easily get 17 ppg, 8 asst, 4-5 rbs, as the lead guard.

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  24. Yet another less than 30 minutes game for Lin. It's getting harder and harder each night to have faith in the Rockets

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  25. Wonder if that air ball by JHaden at end of 3rd will be criticized as much as JLin's air ball. Hmm.. Anyhow, JLin's out of it now. If he gets put in the game now, he's not going to do much anyway. Ok, i'm officially pro a Lin trade now. No more of that crap about McHale wanting to develop JLin into a great player . This is B.S.

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    1. maybe that's why mchale wanted to keep Lin out of the 4th, so that Parsons could get a triple double.

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  27. Jon Barry so annoying, really anti lin, every comment is a negative one

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  28. Lin is between two walls he can't do much about it. He can't control the game by being the ball handler cause he needs to give it to Harden. Then when he plays with Douglas, Lin becomes a SG and Douglas the PG. What in the world is wrong with this coaching staff. If they were going to give him a contract for this it was better if they would leave him alone in NY. At least in NY he would be a PG and not a... well... a who knows what, cause I don't understand what his position is.

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    1. marketing ploy....Asian sponsors needs to have balls and pull out but they won't...

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  29. They keep showing Lin twiddling his thumbs on the bench! LOL!

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  30. please trade lin if you don't use him? i can't stand it anymore

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  31. Just lame shit none of us will never know....

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  32. Dear Rockets, Cant understand you paying millions just to kill a talented, humble, and passionate young ballplayer... you are cruel..let him go please...PLEASE!!!

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  33. I just don't get it. Why can Douglas control the offense with Harden in but Lin can't? SMH

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    1. I think Tony does it on his own and doesn't defer as much. But he has the coaches' support. Lin doesn't and isn't wired to ballhog.

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  34. after jeremy gets everyone in good shooting rhythm he gets bench. Wow good work coach. you sure knows your job. I guess he thought a rest is a good reward. Why not try it on harden sometimes? Why Mchale still has a coaching job baffles me.

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  35. Did I hear right? They wanted to ask McHale if Lin is a backup?

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    1. was that the next question?

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    2. OK - those anouncers clearly came in with the agenda to kill Lins rep on TV! Bastards! And whats with those coaches? They bench him even when he does well. They bench him in a way that makes him really look bad. Is that intentional?

      Then they let him sit through the complete 4th quarter? The starting PG who contained Rondo and even blocked his shots?

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  36. JLin continues to be benched. The TV captured him playing with his own fingers

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  37. Lin can't even get garbage minutes.

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  38. Go ahead keep stuffing that stat sheet, Harden

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  39. Trade lin to save the lakers . Come on! The rockets don't need lin.

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    1. lol im still not sold on that. But honestly lakers season is like Knicks last season. same drama. Its like a soap opera on replay.

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    2. That's why he gotta go there and get a 8 streak win start the linsanity 2.0

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    3. How? They bench him even when he does well. Its like they are afraid that JLin might look to good. Harden out - Lin freestyling -> bam 38. Harden back in - Lins asigned a role that makes him look bad -> bam 5.

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  40. I hope lin gets traded. In the long run, houston really isn't going to seriously contend with this nucleus anyhow. At most, they are a borderline 8th seed first round exit team. What's so great about Houston? I can't even name one damn thing other than the asian community there is decent.

    HOUSTON

    1. UGLIEST JERSEYS IN THE NBA
    2. FANS DONT GIVE A SHIZ about basketball
    3. EMPTY STADIUM
    4. NO HYPE
    5. No Minutes

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    1. i agree with the ugliest jersey.

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    2. and the empty stadium... feels like Rockets are playing on the road even if they are in their own stadium

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    3. idk about lin, but it's like if you are a college student, why the hell would you want to go to a uc merced or something where professors suck, the girls are ugly, the campus is boring, when you should strive for the ucla, uscs..same thing....I hope Lin develops a personality where he wants to play for the best teams, gravitates towards the pressure, the hype, etc. can't settle for 20 mins a game, 5 point games....on a mediocre houston team.

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    4. LOL! Thanks for making me laugh.

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  41. and the praises are coming in--> howard chen -6th straight game in double figures off the bench for Toney Douglas. He's at it again!!! :-)

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  42. Lin to Lakers.. PERFECT for both teams. D'Antoni will be a blessing for Lin. Don't worry about Kobe, he respects Lin.

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    1. I use to think it would happen, but it wont happen, not this season, unless the bottom falls through for Pau by Feb.

      I hope I am wrong and Lakers pull that trigger.

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  43. Sitting out entire 4th quarter again? Are you serious man? JLin, how could you tolerate this kind of disrespect? Go demand a trade; i'm sure your friends will support you.

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    1. I am not sure any NBA team wants this kid. Nobody believes in him. He has to have insane self belief to make it. He needs some luck to go his way to get his chance again, but his ability is there.

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  44. While I would personally prefer Lin in (and I wasn't able to watch this game), Douglas *is* performing in the 4th based on his stats and the team is going to get a 'w'. Not as easy to harp on the decisions when the team is in process of getting a 'w' which is the point of the NBA.

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    1. That's fine. I am not arguing with Rockets coaches' decisions, but then they should trade Lin, why keep him? I rather have Lin go to Lakers and play bench and at least get some pointers from Nash.

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    2. I wouldn't. Lin got 27 minutes tonight. With the Lakers he might get 15 a night. I'd much prefer Lin stay with the Rocket's. The season is still YOUNG.

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    3. Who said Lin wouldnt have performed? How many times did that work out well? Lin is starting PG -> should not get benched unless they wanna kill his rep.

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    4. Yea..tonight is 27, next 18, then 12. What's the point paying 25ml to sit on 4 th quarter. Lin is the starter of rockets now and whoever in NBA that a starter got bench so many times and entirely on 4th quarter? Lol.. Speechless. Not even bother to know now.

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    5. the thing is Jlin performed well. No reason to bench him at all. its not like they need douglas scoring when everyone in the starting 5 can do it and there's lin to make an assists.

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    6. hell even celtics lets rondo play on garbage time to boost his assist stats.

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    7. You didn't watch the game so you don't now how TD scored those points. In the 4th qtr, Mchale could have brought Lin back in the game with Harden. At that point, we still had the lead and Lin had 5pts/7ast while TD had 5pt/0ast. Lin was not cold. He did a good job of directing the offense/getting guys involved and to the FT line.

      Besides that 3pt shot in the fourth, his remaining shots came after the celtics had given up/taken their starters out. Of course his confidence is going to be high. The coach loves him, he compliments Harden better than Lin and he's beating Lin out for crucial minutes.

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  45. Lincredibly Linvisible. Lin is willing his team towards a win :)

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  46. The Celtics hugging McHale was a nice sight.

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  47. Coach Mchale: all of you Lin fans lin supporters think I should play Lin, well, I am telling you I am not playing him as you wanted...lalala...stick out his tongue. This is what I feel like. I think they gonna win without Lin on 4th qt. Well, good side, they win. Bad side, Lin got less minute and minute to develop. I think the coach doesnt have enough confidence and trust in Lin. That's all. And Lin, didn't even has a chance to prove now since he is getting less and less minutes.

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  48. Although Douglas performed in the 4th, it is just disrespectful to your bench your starting point guard for the entire 4th quarter. He did nothing to deserve the benching.

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  49. Plus he doesn't even get to touch the damn ball when he's in. when a team doesn't even let you play in the fourth quarter on national tv after you scored 38 and 7 a couple of days ago, is that really a team that you feel confident being on? you know they don't trust you. Ok, i understand lin has games where he hasnt been playing well, but this isn't the first time. If they seriously think he's the long term commitment, then why don't they let him learn?

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  50. Nice personal moment between KG and McHale. Wouldn't be surprised if a young KG played with, maybe even babysat, McHale's daughter as a little girl.

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  51. It was so sad to see Coach Mchale cry on Kevin Garnett's shoulder at the end of the game....Anyway it was a great win for the Rockets.

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    1. Garnett by all accounts is a wonderful person off the court.

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  52. but oh well. there are much more important matters in the world as we saw today. now everyone go hang out with your families or something. log off the internet!

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  53. The Celtics were just off tonight. Anyhow, if JLin is fine with this kind of abuse without saying anything, then he deserves to be a bench warmer. I'm just lost for words.

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    1. Jeremy Lin was only 3 minutes shy of 30. While he's not getting as many minutes as I would prefer, he's getting plenty of chances.

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    2. That's why I keep on telling Lin to jack up shots, so he can be traded and practice shooting. If Lin played as many minutes as Rondo, Lin would have over 12 assists also.

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    3. @Bamboo:

      The anouncers (like most normal people) read the situation differently. They wanted to ask McHale if JLin is just a backup now. WTH are you talking about chances for. Its almost like you blame Lin. He plays team basketball and even if his points are down he played great. If you dont see that you dont see too much dude.

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    4. @Bamboo Forest,

      Watch the damn game before you comment. Jeremy was playing good for what his role is. He rarely gets the outlet pass to do something with the ball and in their halfcourt sets he isn't utilized as a playmaker.

      In fact, it's amazing he averages as many assists as he does, given his usage rate.

      He's a rhythm player and he can't get into a rhythm when his touches are so sporadic.

      So, NO, he's not getting "plenty of chances."

      So take your idiocy outta here, you dimwit.

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    5. What I mean by "plenty of chances" is that Lin *is* getting time to showcase his talent. To contribute. Etc. I would have put Lin in during the 4th if it was me. But I also acknowledge that the coaches know basketball better than I do.

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    6. Willydilly, I suggest you stick with your argument instead of calling me 'abnormal'.

      I maintain my position that what keeps a coach employed is wins and that is their biggest priority.

      Blame Lin? Huh? I already said what I woud have done if I was coach. Hmmm..odd... your comment has changed since I tried publishing this.

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    7. @ TVN: I'm going to give you the same suggestion: Feel free to make your point, but you don't need to call me or anyone a 'dimwit'. It's not classy and doesn't win you points.

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  54. I like how soon as Douglas scores ONE BASKET the coach decides he's hot. While JLin misses ONE basket he is now benched for 4th. Nevermind that Douglas was 0/4 before that shot.

    Its with JLin's stellar defense on Rondo that got them the 8pt lead back in 3rd anyway.

    I'm now convinced McHale/Sampson has it in for Jeremy Lin. There is no reason why he should be benched all of 4th. Not even garbage minutes, wtf man, that's some bullsh*t.

    Are they trying to use this to say "Hey we have Parsons and TD they can handle playmaking duties we don't need Lin"?

    WTF this team is really starting to piss me off.

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    1. Wait, someone is going to say "Hey its Celtics they're a garbage team Lin doesn't need to play hard or have the minutes" right?

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    2. Asik and Patterson had less minutes than Lin. Are they against Asik and Patterson as well??

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    3. something is going on here man, trade lin to Laker!!

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  55. Nothing worth to talk about it now, the rockets, the coach. Last time Lin get benches it's said that Lin got so many fouls. Tonight, what for? Who's ur pg? Who's ur starter? Who's 25ml contract? U don't use him to his max? What for......gone in the wind are my questions.

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  56. I am telling you guys, the best thing Lin can do is to jack up shots when he's open. That way, if he practices shooting in live games; and also if he misses, Rockets will trade him. For a smart Harvard graduate, he's awfully slow to realize what he has to do.

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    1. So once again - you insult him by asuming you know what hes thinking and what hes aware of or not and you declare him an idiot? Bold move...

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  57. Why does it feels like most games it is really LIN vs Rockets coaching staff rather than another opponent? I dont feel an allegiance to this Rockets team because they treat a very decent and humble player like trash.. Not even happy they won :(

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    1. i feel the same, not happy at all they won!

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  58. End of game thoughts:

    - Lin has less than 30 minutes today. Loads of disappointment on this site... but did you know that Lin was the player with the third most minutes on the floor tonight? Ahead of Asik and Patterson.

    - It was a very good team win for the Rockets. The rotations were very good tonight. It might not have been optimal for Lin, in the sense that Lin clearly wanted to play more minutes, but it was optimal in that it constantly countered the Celtics. The Rox shared a lot of minutes, which meant they were kept fresh, and the old legs of the Celtics never really got going.

    - Lin played good defence when he was on, and his throttling of Rondo (don't worry too much about Rondo's statline) was key to the game.

    - Lin still has some hesitation shooting and calling for his own pick and roll, but his facilitation tonight was fantastic despite limited limits. Some sloppiness in 2Q but nothing too bad regarding TOs and decisionmaking.

    - Smith was great tonight. Lin gave him some easy points on the platter.

    - TD played well tonight in 4Q, which is a good thing. 4-9 is a good statline for him. Again, TD has more shots on fewer minutes than Lin. Lin really ought to be taking more shots. 6 shots in 27 minutes is way too low.

    Overall, I would say it was a decent game. Lin could have played more, but I don't think any of you would have been particularly satisfied if McHale threw Lin in for garbage time minutes anyway.

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    1. I appreciate your assessment. Seems more balanced than others in my opinion.

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    2. while he may have a lot of minutes, everyone knows that being benched in the deciding quarter speaks volumes on the level of confidence the team has to a player...and no team will sit their good players in Q4.

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    3. Actually, I don't completely agree. I'm sure, for example, Harden played many fourth quarters while the starting shooting guard did not. Moreover, this happens all the time for all teams. Lin is just going to have to prove himself in a big way if he wants the coveted fourth quarter. This is the reality of the NBA. Coaches only care about winning--nothing else. They owe players nothing.

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    4. Houston got lucky. The Celtics were on the verge of tying the game and then collapsed. at 6:30 mark Rondo got a wide open jumper where no one was within ten feet of him.

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    5. Yeah the point is Lin played gOod and still got bench the WHOLE 4Q. Why?

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    6. I think the intention if for Lin to play around 30-35 mins and to have his minutes mirror Rondo.

      Rondo doesn't play in the first 6 mins of the 4Q so Lin sits. Rondo comes in but Douglas is playing well enough that McHale doesn't want to risk spoiling chemistry.

      By the 10th min the Celtics look like they had given up.

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    7. @Bamboo:

      You are dead wrong. Coaches dont own the team and they dont pay the players. Players deserve fair treatment as people like Lin have a much higher market value than probably all coaches together. They can also ruin a players market value.

      You may read it your way but normal people and the the anouncers were wondering if JLin is a backup now. They even talked ON AIR about wanting to ask McHale just that. But hey - from the way you are talking you probably didnt watch.

      A starter who isnt respected by the coaches loses respect by the opponent as well. You dont get that - you dont get alot.

      BTW - you keep on talking about Lin having had his chances. Its almost like you blame Lin. You sure you are on the right site? He didnt score much but he was terrific - containing Rondo big time!


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    8. Yeah I think they were going to bring Lin back in at around 6 min mark but the lead was around 10 already and it looked like the Celtics were done, so why bother

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    9. Wiffle, have to disagree with you here. He was doing decent all game, why was he benched while Parsons/Harden whom were playing like garbage until 4Q got more?

      Game was pretty much won 4 minutes left with 10pt lead, it was clear Celtics couldn't buy a defensive stop, still won't sub him in, why? Yet they are happy to sub him out everytime they get a 8 or 10pt lead?

      Every starter got to play every quarter, except for Lin, what intelligent excuse is there this time?

      Douglas was hot? 0/4 for 3 quarters is hot, um sure, I don't know what the coaches were thinking.

      This is why Lin should just bring his A game every game and play you know, like a pro should...Take the shots, stop deferring, and assert...Otherwise he's just a punching bag, he might as well just come off the bench, I wouldn't mind if TD starts, its obvious TD/Harden plays much better together than Harden/Lin anyway.

      The bench PG consistently gets same or more minutes than the starter...Sometimes you have to wonder what goes through Lin's mind...Please get aggressive, otherwise your career is going to be pretty short Lin.

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    10. @Willydilly yeah was listening to rednation radio and its clear they are in love with Douglas. Heck hey even say:

      "Rockets aren't hot unless Douglas is hot"

      Lin's perceived value is disappearing, I hope he knows that.

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  59. I really wish they would trade Lin to the Lakers to be a back-up pg to steve nash. Why? Well, he will develop greatly with Nash and D'Antoni help and the Lakers could use Lin. Cause what the Rockets are doing to him is not fair at all.

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    1. He'd get fewer minutes on the Lakers and be working with a coach who is sometimes downright idiotic. Lakers is a horrible place to be in right now. If you really think Kobe would trust him with the ball...

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    2. How would you know if Kobe would trust Lin?

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  60. I think the agenda is clear now. Nobody wants Lin to be an All Star. "They" want Harden, and will do everything it takes to accomplish it

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  61. Lin needs his agent and reps to start making a fuss. This is ridiculous. Lin was playing well. He is clearly not in the plans. Lin to Lakers now.

    Btw, I still have nothing against TD. He's a great teammate.

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    1. Lakers dont want him unless the damn breaks in LA. Lin will have to walk there in 2015 when his current contract ends. I pray D'Antoni will still be there and the Lakers will have an open void at PG and will offer Lin the PG spot if he takes a discount.

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    2. Walk there? Taking discounts? You sure you are on the right site?

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  62. You guys do realise only 2 Rox players got more than 30 mins tonight right?

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    1. Yes, please keep repeating that!

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    2. It's like I am banging my head against a stone wall though lol

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    3. It's not the minute the real problem. It's the coach repeately benching him entirely at 4 th quarter. It start to look like a norm, a habit now is what get us.

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    4. Minutes are what really counts though. Do you really want McHale throwing Lin in for garbage time anyway??

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    5. @wifflewiffle so you're saying the WHOLE 4Q is garbage time against the Celtics?

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    6. Good analysis Wiffle, but this isn't a one time thing. There have been a ton of other times Lin is benched in the 4th quarter while Douglas is allowed to play through mistakes.

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    7. Celtics have a game tomorrow vs. Spurs, so Doc Rivers pulled his main guys early. This game was officially garbage time at the 5:00 minute mark of the 4th with the Rockets up 14 or 15.

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    8. Thanks redking.

      wifflewiffle obviously has the agenda to slowly but surely lower peoples expectations of Lin - also Lins rep.

      He keeps repeating that only 2 players had more time - what does that mean anyway? So what?

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    9. we know that but only because delfino and Smith played so well. they earned the minutes. Douglas no. The celtics collapse in the fourth. if the rockets wants a spot-up three point shooter to open up the floor why the hell didn't they offer that poison pill contract to Novak.

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    10. Alex - I am not saying the whole 4Q was garbage time. See what ABC Baller said.

      Willydilly - shrug, I just call it like how I see it. I don't think my assessment was unfair at all.

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  63. Guys, calm down. Jeremy is playing with 2 sore/bad ankles, what's wrong with giving him the extra rest?

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    1. That was 3 days ago. He should be back to full strength by now...

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  64. Lin should take at least 13 shots per game. If he does not do so, then he has only himself to blame for dwindling minutes.

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    1. Nobody complains about Lins points dude. Why does it sound like blame?

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    2. Dude, if Lin had more points, no one would complain about his minutes. if he's not getting his minutes, he might as well take shots. If you want to see Lin play 40 minutes and take only 6 shots, that's fine for you but not for me.

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  65. Again.

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    McHale said he planned on putting Jeremy Lin back in, but Toney Douglas played so well that he made his decision for him.
    7:38 PM - 14 Dec 12

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    1. Leaving Rondo at the 6:30 mark for a wide open jumper is not playing well.

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    2. But the coach could have taken Harden out with 5 minutes to go, and the game well in hand ... but he left Harden in to play almost 40 minutes again.

      Does he want to run Harden to the ground and risk him getting injured ? Maybe only then we will see more minutes for Lin.

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    3. What a bunch of bs... Between the 8min mark and the 6min mark when a starter will usually return TD was doing nothing special. Nor had he done anything special previously. Mchale and staff are completely bs-ing the reporters ... This is such bullshit. Let me know if Harden breaks his ankle... I'm OUT. OUT.

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    4. How well was Douglas playing? LMAO. You don't do these kinds of things to your starting PG, or starters period. The coach is implicitly shattering JLin's confidence. Coaching is not all about X and O's. This game really opened my eyes. McHale is a fucking piece of shit, period.

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    5. @Racha:

      Thanks! I fell the same way!

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    6. @willdilly I'm effen pissed.

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  66. he'll be well rested for his return to NY.

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  67. I blame Rockets and Lin equally, because Lin doesn't take enough shots per game. He played a very good D on Rondo today.

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    1. In this game, there's no justification for taking JLin out even with his shot attempts. I'm usually critical of JLin for his lack of taking shots, but not this game. McHale is a shit face for real. He's completely Harden centric and doesn't give a rats ass about JLin. JLin is developing. Not only should you try to build JLin's skills but his confidence too. McHale is completely destroying JLin. I haven't been this pissed off. Seriously fuck McHale, Sampson, and the rest of the stupid Rockets coaching staff.

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  68. As I always say, at least Lin got paid some money to be an Asian marketing puppet. They had to shell out 25 mill for this guy to sit there on the bench to get the East West Bank advertising. I thought Les Alexander actually wanted Lin to play but wow was I wrong.

    I guess if Darren Collison gets benched for Fisher, Lin can get benched for TD. Not to say Lin isn't loads better than Collison, but it is what it is...just saying Lin is not the only guy getting benched. Mchale doesn't bench Lin because he's Asian, Mchale just thinks Lin sucks, and Lin sadly does suck at times when he gets the ball in limited opportunities.

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    1. I saw that. Collison benched for no reason.

      But this is Lin. On a week where he is heating up and dropping 38. Lin is historically brilliant in the 4th and they are wasting him by keeping him on the bench. Lin is a great closer.

      I guess, in the end, Lin should've been weary about a team resigning him after cutting him the year before.

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    2. His sidekick would still be there...

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  69. The game is so boring to watch. If you not play lin, please trade him. I don't like rockets, I watch only because lin. And this just ruin my day! Please trade him to lakers, Lin can play the six man in laker first, and learn from nash, then when times right, as a start pg with Howard in the pain. D'Antoni will play lin well for sure. Much better career for him.

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    1. Yep - the only situtation in which I would be OK with a guy like Lin being backup is when he is a backup for Nash.

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  70. Rondo with season-high 7 TOs.

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    1. Thats what happens when Rondo meets Lin. But does anyone else notices these things?

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    2. Maybe it's TD's magic D. ;)

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  71. No F this. this is so stupid. I feel bad for my boy Jlin. He doesn't deserved to be bench. I agree with the trade and I hope they do trade him after Lin wins the All star ballot. Would love to see these people complain ha ha.....Jlin starting point guard west all stars. Why don't you guys go vote for Lin right now. Let's piss them off. I hate this rocket team for sure. This is just racist. They were afraid Jeremy would get more than 10 assists. He had two block shots one on Rondo. This is ridiculous. wow.....I need to vent. anyone out there????

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    1. Because Asian American fans feel that it's "Racist" to vote for one of their own.

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    2. It's not respectable to vote for JLin. What will people think of them, that they're LoFs? [Horrors!]

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  72. Jeremy needs to take dribbling lessons in his spare time. Loose handle gets it poked in traffic a lot.

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    1. Yeah - a lot - sure. As if a bball player never practices dribbling...

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  73. I am really curious if McHale truly believes Lin can become a star or a mere backup in this league... While playing for D'Antoni last season, 20+ point game means Lin plays more than 35 minutes. Apparently 38 points here in Houston shows you to the nearest bench for the 4th quarter.... All those assists to Greg Smith and Asik, blocks, deflections, etc. probably doesn't help the Rockets win games either.... Way to go coach McHale.... Very frustrating to see talent just being wasted because of poor coaching.... Definitely regret renewing my league pass this season....

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  74. When the Rockets are winning, the coach takes Lin out. When the Rockets are losing and they need points and defense, the coach benches Lin.
    When the Rockets have a big lead, but proceed to let it slip away ... the coach leaves Lin on the bench.

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  75. Well...it wasn't hard to predict jlin sitting the bench for the 4th Q. This is the worst coaching staff ever. Well I'm just going to start looking at box scores now watching the entire Rockets organization handle jlin horribly makes me sick. Sad that jlin probably not going to get the reins in Houston. I'm hoping for a trade to a team that really wants him...not a organization that lied to him.

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  76. Biggest moment was the McHale interview. He said Harden was the only player who can take his man 1 on 1. Let's face it, McHale doesn't believe in Lin.

    I hope whoever makes the Lin highlight videos on YouTube keeps that McHale interview in.

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    1. I heard that. That was absolutely bullshit. Either he is dumb as shit and doesnt know what he signals by saying that or he knows exactly what he is doing. Anyway - bad bad coach. He doesnt deserve a player like Lin on his roster.

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  77. Well if no team wants Lin, he will just be a bench scrub in a support role till yr 3 of his contract where he will be traded as an expiring contract.

    Lin will have to play some insane basketball to stake his place on this team and in the NBA. I truly hope some team trades for him. Lin just needs to be the main guard on the team and he will thrive in any system. Unfortunately, he isn't the type of guy to fight for it and no NBA team will offer him the position on their own.

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  78. I didn't cry when I saw JLin in person as the way many JLin fans did...but I teared up now that I feel this is the lost year, or even worse, 3 lost years for JLin, judging from the way he's treated by the Rox.

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  80. With him shooting so little and generally handing off a lot, his margin of error always becomes so small that he almost has to hit every shot and make no turnovers when he's out there. I wish just one game (with harden) he would just be like f it and just gun it or take his man to the hole repeatedly. At this point it looks like he'll be benched playing the right way or wrong way anyway

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  81. At this point, Lin and his agent Roger Montgomery should ask for a trade. I really don't see things changing for him. People might say, "be patient, blah, blah.." but unless Lin drastically alters his playing style, he's not a fit for this team. The only way it would is if Harden gets injured, which I would never wish on a player.

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  82. The people at Volvo should pull their ads. That sends a message.

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  83. Damn! I think lin should have sleep on the bench . Lol

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