Jeremy and the Rockets look like they're out of gas after last night.Jeremy making nice moves and passes, but he and his teammates can't finish.
No more Morey Ball. They need to hit some mid-range Js. That's how the Celtics get to the Heat. Bucks beat them twice that way last year.Jeremy keeps practicing his J after stoppages but never shoots it from there.
Lets go Lin! Great job getting to hoop just need to finish
Are these refs professional Miami Heat refs? Like what.the.fuck.
All the moving picks set by the Heat with 0 calls. Fuck.
Home + superstar treatment for Lebron and D-Wade = no calls.Surprised that they called off Lebron's dunk for pushing off of Parsons.
Jeremy forcing a jumpball with his butt, heh.
TOLD YOU.Jeremy needs to shoot the JUMPER.
I think you're right. THat's what the defense is giving you, you gotta take it, even if it's not what you'd normally want to d o.
Some life! God, I hate the Heat. They are such obnoxious show-boaters, especially D-Wade.
nice 3 pt shot!
Lin draining 3's but can't get the layups. Hes probably tired. He could easily have made all his shots.
Howard Chen @ho_chenCSNLikin the hustle by the Rockets. They haven't given up yet. Helps to key some momentum after that Lin 3. #neversaydie #RedNation
good to see lin still active even after those trappings in the first half.
This is the type of game Mchale needs to leave Lin in for the ENTIRE 2nd half. If he does that the Rockets will grind and get the game close by the end of the game.Mchale must learn Lin and Harden need to stay in the entire 2nd half and have other guys play around them. This is the PERFECT type of game where Lin will come out of nowhere to go insane in the 4th Quarter. I hope Mchale understands how his PG ticks.
Good point. If he watched NYK games last year, Lin could play shitty for three quarters then light it up in the fourth. But, McHell doesn't seem to understand that notion, and doesn't understand the notion of letting his young starters learn to play through tough games.
Well he let them play so far. It is slowly paying off. Lin is not perfect but he does more good than bad and you hope he gets "HOT" on defense or offense. He has that uncanny ability.
McHell should bring in Lin at about the 10 minute mark in the fourth, even if TD is playing well.
Hiren Joshi @htown747Good hustle by the #Rockets trying to find a rhythm 5 straight points. 79-67 5:51 left in the 3rd
Space City Scoop @SpaceCityScoop1Lin has improved his shot so much over the last few games.
Houston Rockets @HoustonRocketsRockets not gonna go away quietly. @JLin7 gets it going and some hustle has Rockets back w/in 12 mid Q3 despite some ridiculous shots by LBJ
suns sports heat announcers having some good words about lin after that bankshot.
nice shot by Lin. Wow. Miami announcers are impressed.
Asik is gotta be key to any comback.
Man, Harden and Lin take turns playing bad defense. When Lin locks down Chalmers, Harden falls asleep on Lebron. Then Lin falls asleep on the screeen and boom Chalmers for 3...Uh oh I see more and more of Lin hiding in corner offense again...
WTF???? How did the the Rockets get back in the game so quickly? Lol.
Funny how the Heat announcers appreciate Jeremy more than the Rockets' guys.They're the one play-by-play crew that has a right to diss Lin...but they're smart enough to know he's good (even when he has a bad game).Rockets making a move now!
I'd hate for this to happen, but, I bet Miami would love to have Jeremy Lin to run the point. My god, how fun would that be to watch?
How many alley hoop dunks can you stand game in and game out?
Rox hanging around. I'm liking this. Lin making crazy shots still. Jump shot looks great
That is why you give teh ball to the POINT GUARD on a fast break!!! Damn.
the Heat announcers know that once Jeremy heats up, the rest of the Rockets follow. now that the Heat don't have any big presence inside, time for Asik to shine
Lin blocked Lebron??? I missed that play!
He did? I just came home. Havent been able to watch so far.
nice dish by Chandler, pretty shot off the glass by Patterson.
Miami seems confused on defense without Lin to pick on.
Exactly. That's why I'm not killing McHale for sitting Jeremy or reducing his role against the Heat. The Heat specialize in stopping the PnR and Jeremy isn't going to get any 50/50 calls obviously.Still want to see Jeremy back in early in the 4th. He was just heating up again. And his 3pt shot has looked pretty lately!
Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPNRockets make a nice rally in third to keep this one from getting away. Heat up 89-83 entering 4th. LeBron has 30-5-5.
Hiren Joshi @htown74789-83 end of the 3rd great job by the #Rockets regrouping after a very slow start. Harden flirting with a triple double 20PTS 7AST 8REB
Dime Update @DimeUpdateAfter a big Heat run, the Rockets close out the 3rd strong to pull it within 6, but LeBron is on fire (30 points). Heat lead 89-83.
David Castillo @dc2000Heat commentators say they are 15-5 vs West, they failed to mention Rockets are 17-5 vs. East.....
Harden is doing a good job at the point.
Nick Ivanovic @RocketsReduxEverything's falling in in this game. #Rockets are shooting lights out at 57% (31-54) and #Heat are shooting well at 53% (34-64). #Heat
why has the game stopped at 5:51 on the 3rd? im watching play by play on nba.com
Where is Asik...
Ok. Put Lin in now.
Nick Ivanovic @RocketsRedux#Rockets can cut the #Heat lead to 3 pts w/ their next basket. The game hasn't been close since it was 59-56, late Q2. #Heat lead #Rockets
Hiren Joshi @htown747Charging foul #Rockets are putting it together on both ends
Go rockets.u can do it.
Jeremy needs to come back in...
Miami defense adjusted to Lin not on the floor. Time to put Lin back in.
I predict Lin hits two more 3's.
Reffing is kinnnnnda pathetic. Not just towards Lin this time.
Jeremy at the scorer's table...but a possession too late.McHale waited too long. As usual.
Anderson is a flopping, gay lizard looking, goon.
What kind of coach puts his bench in when Rockets trying to make a come back? I know and his name is Lurch.
Is McHell going to sit Lin for the entire fourth?
I hate this freaking heat team.beat them please!
Linsanity kryptonite = McHell, Chalmers and Refs.
How is Chalmers Lin kryptonite? You make no sense.
I don't have to.
Howard Chen @ho_chenCSNThe Rockets have gone scoreless in the 3+ minutes since the Patterson 3 that cut the lead to 89-86. Heat on 7-0 run. #RedNation
I don't see Houston winning this game -- fatigue, refs, Lebron. But I just want to see them make a run at it like they did against Denver.
Jason Friedman @JasonCFriedmanIf Rox lose, they'll rue this start to 4Q. LBJ resting yet HOU being outscored 7-3 even w/ minus defenders on floor for MIA.
No, Lin gets in, but after the Heat push the lead up to 10. It's like the Denver game. McHell sucks.
Space City Scoop @SpaceCityScoop1Heat flop all over the place. I guess that rule doesn't apply to the Heat like many other rules.
Entry pass bypasses Lin and straight to Harden.
yes. i've always noticed that. dislike asik and everyone who does that
The heat players look like a bunch of bullies picking on first graders rocket players.If your PG is not playing very well and you are losing the game, does that justify his benching?is this how a coach would normally react? I am not particularly referring to tonight's game. Any game in general. I need some education
Jackson didn't take out Curry who had a horrible first half yesterday. In fact, he got the most minutes.
Etane.but they loss the game? So the coach can gamble and face the consequence.maybe jackson has enough trust in curry.
Yes. Jackson gives Curry the chance to redeem even in a losing effort.
Poor Man's Commish @poormanscommishCombine Steph Curry's dribbling and shooting with Jeremy Lin's ability to finish at the rim, and you'd have a Hall Of Fame point guard.
Asik hates to pass it to Lin on inbound. He looks for anyone else. Anyone notice this?
Nick Ivanovic @RocketsReduxD-Wade has struggled to start Q4, but still having a good offensive game with 25 pts (9-18 FG) and 5 assists. #Heat #HOUvsMIA
Unless Linsanity shows up this game is over.
I know somebody who can make sure that won't happen
Linsanity somewhat back. Penetrate and kick out...
Joseph Haas NFL @JerseyhaasThe Heat somehow keeping the Rockets under 100pts... I guess they ran out juice after the Warriors last night!
very nice kickout y lin
Dime Update @DimeUpdateHalfway through the fourth, the Heat and Rockets are in a shootout, 100-88 Heat favor. It's do or die for Houston. And LeBron just entered.
whats more amazing in this game than Lebron is the flopping. I thought its already a violation?
James Andersen is human tonight.
Jason Friedman @JasonCFriedmanImpressive that MIA has rebounded as well as they have w/o Bosh tonight. Heat 22nd in Def. rebound rate, yet Rox boarding < 20% of misses
Hiren Joshi @htown747Here we go again, #Rockets keeping hopes ALIVE 100-93 now
Matt Miller @MattMiller713Rashard Lewis leaves Harden open for 3 to chase Lin, who got caught in a switch against Haslem. Simply put, Miami got scrambled defensively.
dick move by self proclaimed king, LeBron James pushing Lin from behind while he is in the air
Doing everything he can to prevent Linsanity...
Surprised Asik doesn't have the most minutes to take advantage of mismatch thus far.
Need to play a team please no hero ball...
Lol just being beat by experience, at least its not a blowout like I expected.
:) Yeah - when I tuned in I was shocked Rox were that close.
Yes considering Rox not playing particularly good.
Lebron tricking Asik - he knows every trick in the book man...
Lebron threw himself into Asik...
Need some big steals from Lin right now.
Ok Harden stole instead lol :P
heat getting all the calls
Harden taking the lead, nice job drawing fouls.
Harden with a Wade impersanation :)
Great effort by the Rockets!I don't mind some Harden Hero Ball right now as long as its 3pt jumpers. Let his teammates play D and force TOs and let James hit jumpers/FTs.
exactly. He's in rhythm
Win or lose, Houston should be proud. They just rimmed out some shots with tired legs.Good strategy. Good use of Jeremy. Just some dumb TOs in the 2nd quarter is all.
He's sharing the ball well.
Lets go Rox! Steal this one
Proud of JLin & Harden & Rockets. No panic and trying to come back in the 4th quarter.
4 point game - my god!
C'mon Patterson. Get that rebound
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstrohIt was mean. RT @YourManDevine: I kind of can't believe Harden just left LeBron like that.
Patterson's TERRIBLE REBOUNDING is killing the Rockets almost every night.He's so damn lazy and gets out-hustled by GUARDS.
Harden is earning his paycheck tonight.
I hate Miami so much!harden did his best !
This is one time i want harden to ballhog as long as he makes the shots and get a W for rockets...go harden and go jeremy..
Chalmers was still back pedaling when they made contact.
Where ref called offensive on Harden.
Back pedaling is still a charge I think. Moving sideways is the blocking foul.
I thought both your feet has to be still in order to take a charge?
One more 3! One more 3! One more 3! One more 3!
Harden didn't pass to an open Lin and got called for a charge. GAME OVER.
harden PASS the BALL!!!!!!!
Lin was open in the corner
Well, I think that should have been free throws for Harden but home court refs...
Wow close game.Harden is the hero this game for srue.Lol they're taking turns.I hope Rox win.Then come home and FKING DESTROY THOSE ANNOYING AS HELL BLAZERS!!!
Space City Scoop @SpaceCityScoop1Heat get bailed out once again on a foul call when they flopped.
Come on young Rockets! Beat these old floppers!
Miracle time I hope
Lol lame.Game over. Oh well.
that was such a horrible play...
Why this Anderson? I just don't understand.
Hiren Joshi @htown747Harden was trapped but should have had a plan B on that, you knew they wouldn't let him shoot.
Darth Messi @DarthMessiIt seems the refs really wanted the Miami Heat to win. Two offensive fouls called on Houston Rockets in last minute
That last offensive foul was the correct call. Anderson was a duffis. Haslem was parked there all day long.
Well best thing about Lin today is, he made all his FTs.
What happened to Parsons? Is he being treated like Lin caused he couldn't defend Lebron and making lots of tos?
Anderson has no experience in clutch time man.
Almost there the play should have plan b or other opion.
It's going to be a tough loss, but the Rockets played pretty well.Just a few mistakes from a young team on the second day of a back-to-back.Good, gritty game. Harden was unselfish until the end where he needed to take over (due to his jumper and superstar calls).
Too little too late.Lin should have shot that 3 instead of passing it back to Harden, you knew they won't let him shoot.Nice lil layup but no cigar.
That long pass shaved off about 2 seconds too.
Coach probably designed the play for JLin as the decoy and Harden the shooter. Too bad the Heat figured that out because it's soooo obvious.
Aaaad he bricks the last jumper...Lol Lin is just not confident vs Heat.
Most people arent :)
Uh, no. He was plenty confident today -- just rolled his layups off the rim.BTW, 13pts on 10 FGAs is still solid. Same as shooting 6-10 FG with a 3 and no FTs.And only 2 TOs (only one of which led to a fastbreak bucket). He played well -- shots just didn't go down tonight. Not to mention the refs aren't giving Jeremy light contact on his drives.
I dont think so, Mchale decided and set up the rockets to lose by taking the ball out of lin's hands and trusting Harden MOST of the night. I still cannot stand mcfail at all...He alwasy finds ways to remind me why I dont like him as a coach
Yea, I cannot stand McHale's micromanaging of the game with his asinine substitution patterns. I love his overall team concepts and strategies, but the man has no business actually managing a game.
Rockets needed Lin to score today to win. Has Lin scored back to back 20 points this year? I don't think so . . . but not sure.
I like Harden hero ball today but I dont like how Lin was NOT in charge of the offense tonight! Harden can score all day but the rockets offense goes with Lin
?Matt Jackson @MJ4SportsUnfortunately Rox have no plan B tonight other than Harden. And for a Harvard grad, Jeremy Lin is bad at math 6-2=4.
Whats that math thing? Can someone explain to me?
I think he was commenting on Jerm's last FGA.
Lol, that was his attempt at stat padding. He knew there were no shots worth 6 points and time was running out.
Oh... makes sense. Thanks :)
Nothing to be ashamed of. I was expecting a worse end to this game.No complaints with jeremy's playing time.i stii give credit to mchale for keeping him in the fourth despite a not so impressive performance.it's bball, sometimeS u win, most of the time u lose...if u are rockets..JK...
McHell gets no credit for keeping his starting point guard in the fourth. He lost the game by keeping him out too long, just like in the Denver game. My god, when is he going to realize that the Tony Douglas is not the fucking savior "spark" come fourth quarter time? I wrote earlier McHell should bring Lin back in with 10 minutes left in the fourth. Instead, he brought him back in with 8 minutes plus. But, in that time Lin was waiting at the scorer's table, Miami pushed their lead back up to 10. Game over.
Not bothered by the loss. Rockets managed to keep it a close game against the championship team on a back-to-back game. The Heat is like a benchmark team to test your abilities and the Rockets is still not a complete team. The most important thing is to focus on the positive and continue to improve as a team.
at least it's not a blowout!
Hiren Joshi @htown747“@tomhaberstroh: Harden becomes just the 3rd opponent in Heat franchise history to go 36-12-7. The other 2? Fat Lever and... LeBron.” #Beard
Matt Miller @MattMiller713Turnovers cost Houston again, but this time they were forced. The Heat stepped up by drawing charges and blocking shots at key moments.
LeBron is classy about the win. Gave Rox props.Rockets gave him run for the money. Beat by 6 possessions in a scrappy fight off back to back.Wasn't expecting them to win at all but they did better than I thought. Heat just knows how to play the game much better.Rox was sloppy today, 26 PFs vs 16, and 16 TOs vs 10. Some bs non calls but if Rox played more efficient they would probably have won.Almost but no cigar.
oh well. what's more impt is friday's game against Portland.
I just hope Dallas wins today vs Portland.
If JLin had just put up his season average the Rockets might had won. His inconsistent play is frustrating.
Chris Tomasson @christomassonThe Heat have completely stymied Jeremy Lin when they face him. How bad has it been for Lin?
Poor Man's Commish @poormanscommishI remember when I visited Jeremy Lin at Harvard, he was in awe of a particular Dwyane Wade dunk that week. Just sayin'. #southbeachwoes
Hiren Joshi @htown747Patrick Patterson with another one of those nights where you just wanna ask him why he hates rebounds so much?!
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstrohHeat bottled up James Harden and forced others to make plays. That's all, folks.
Chris TomassonFormer Florida Gator Udonis Haslem has outrebounded former Florida Gator Chandler Parsons 13-1 so far tonight.Jeremy Lin now shooting 6-of-27 in his career in four games against the Heat.
BUT lets face it the mups are a problem...Lebron and Wade... not a good look for harden and Parsons
Chris Tomassonabout an hour agoThe Heat have completely stymied Jeremy Lin when they face him. How bad has it been for Lin?Through three quarters tonight, Lin will have shot a disastrous 6-of-27 in 3 3/4 career games against Miami. He has nine points so far tonight on 2-of-7 shooting. In three games entering tonight, Lin had shot 4-of-20 and averaged 5.7 points against the Heat. You can throw out the first game he played when he got in for just three minutes while with the Warriors. But in his previous two games Lin was 4-of-19 as a starter while averaging 8.5 points against the Heat. Tonight he's again been a disaster as a starter. His plus-minus rating of minus-22 is the lowest in the game.
Confidence problem, he gets awed by LeBron/Wade...
Bullshit written by aholes like Tomasson shouldn't be posted here. He could've written the same thing last year in a NYK game versus Philly, when he was 2 for 11 heading into the fourth, a "disaster as a starter." Oh, except that in the fourth, Lin scores like 11 points and seals a tough victory.
Game breaker: 16 versus 26 personal fouls?
ExCats @ExCatsThe Rockets got to within 3 of the Heat in the final 28 seconds, but fall 114-108 in Miami. @pdpatt with 15 pts (7-12 FG) and 3 rebounds.
IF Blazers win today they'll move up to 8th and Rox down to 9th.That 7 game losing streak REALLY hurt.
Blame McHale. Genius started giving minutes to Patrick Beverly instead of Lin. Remember the game he put Beverley to start the 2nd half instead of Lin?? How stupid does that look now.
@redking, lol don't remind us of that.
This game is on McHell, just like the Denver game, when he brought in Lin too late in the fourth. When the fuck is he going to realize that Lin, not beverly or TD, gives the team the best chance to win, especially in the fourth? God, McHell's crazy substitution decisions especially when it comes to Lin is driving me nuts. He needs someone to be a "substitution coordinator," because he's clueless, totally clueless.
Can people stop posting a gazillion tweets? That's borderline spamming.I don't want to waste thread space (which goes bonkers after 250 comments) on random tweets. Most of which are obvious/stupid/misinformed.Post whatever thoughts YOU have. But please stop posting a random tweets unless it's actual news or something especially hilarious/interesting.
YES, THANK YOU. Do we have a freaking admin for this board? I can read the media's tweets on my own on Twitter, no need to read them here.
Lol, I SHOULD stop.Just to explain: There were no posters a while ago at the beginning of the game, the page was empty. I thought I'd get it going. Then I just got on automatic :) [Didn't even know there was a new 2ndhalf thread.] Sorry, @zxcvb. ^^ Your right, thread should be for posters to post in. NO MORE TWEETS ON GAME THREADS, @zxcvb. :)
i don't mind a few tweets, especially insightful ones about Lin. But, tweets that just bash Lin and do so badly just gets me riled up, especially after a tough loss.
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I have more respect for random fan posts than legitimate media tweets. "legitimate media" are the worst Lin bashers because they do so thinking they're being objective when they are spewing their cynical and biased "expert opinion."
Oops, sorry for deleting the posts you're responding to @Roberlin. You have a good point, fans are more innocent in their passions, but media might have an agenda...
I guess worldviews are really hard to uproot, esp when there is no gain to oneself [and the harm to another can easily be disassociated from ~] The most difficult to learn are those who don't know/ won't accept they need to in the first place.
@via , I love reading your tweet posts , (esp. of course those that appreciate our boy JLin). Keep 'em coming !
A lot of blame on McHell. But, it's the officiating that gave the win to Miami.
Is it me or did Harden get hacked on the last three point shot attempt?
New thread, guys
Didn't see the game just heard how they trapped Lin. Was this what they did to him last year as well? Are they trapping Lin before he cross the mid court? Why didn't they adjust and have help to move the ball away from the trap. A good coach should be able to set up escapes from traps because once a trap is set that means someone is not being covered. A team that passes the ball as well as the Rox should be able to outlet the ball as soon as a trap is being set.Someone please fill me in.
Not so much.