57 - 72 Rockets. Lead is still back up to 15. Harden with 15 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 TO and 1 steal. Lin with 9 points, 8 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 TOs and 3 steals.
jlin the stealing man...both got pretty good numbers so far!!
I can't recall the last time Asik made a FG by posting up.
Cmon lin get double double
would love to see that happen!!
Let's go JLin!!!
Asik got a double double already. 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Wow another non call on Lin.Did y'all see him cyke walker out with that quick step? Lol awesome.
Lin duped everybody again and got a foul call on Kimbe just like how he did in the Knicks game. Hahahah...that's some great bball IQ there.
I was at the Knicks game when he did that and I pointed out to the people who were watching the game with me that everybody thought he was just going to dribble it to half court for a time out but he ran past the Knicks player and got a foul call.
timeout fakeout, hah
excuse my grammar. Knicks players.
Surprised Houston is doing so well since Lin doesn't get a call and Harden doesn't play D.
1 word: Bobcats
And, that one word excuses McHell's substitution pattern too.
This officiating is the suck today...Against Lin that is.
It's always suck against Lin!
the refs may have talked with mchale b4 the game just in case Lin will be spectacular tonight
Another no call on a Lin drive. Refs are schizophrenic out there.
The FIRST call Jeremy has gotten all night. One out of eight is good enough for the refs, I guess.
So far, Lin got hammered at least 4 times without getting a call? I only started watching mid 2nd quarter. So, maybe I missed about a dozen more.
So do not like Walker.Guy plays dirty.
10 points Rockets lead and Lin is getting his rest now on the bench. Hope the coach is going to bring him in at the start of the 4th.
Will Jeremy be benched for the next ten minutes???He might be. His stats are getting too good for McHale.
coach mchale is so unpredictable sometimes and yet so predicable sometimes!
I know exactly what you mean.He's predictable in that he's totally illogical.
And walker shoots trey over TD.
Harden zero contribution on defense but 100% eagerness on offense.If this how mchale wants his players to play he wont win a single game. I thought he was heavy on teaching defense? So did he teach harden any or defense is only for jlin to work on?
Lead is down to 7.So typical.
Lead back down to 7 points with 2:56 left in the 3rd quarter.
JLin out -> lead goes down. Hes gotta start the 4th!
Is it just me or Houston isn't play very aggressively with Lin benched?
The irony of using Lin like a yo-yo on and off the bench when the lead has been cut is that it creates more pressure on Lin to try and save the game. Whereas, MDA intentionally started Lin so that he did not have the pressure of being "the savior." This is so counter-intuitive. He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.
Lin is back out there again now with lead down to 7. Interesting substitution pattern this game.
Les just texted McHell, "remember our talk?"
I want to point out the fact that most of Kemba's points today come from Douglas/Harden. Fuck that intro Bart dickbag, talking about Lin's shitty performance against Kemba the last time the two teams met. Same thing happened there - Lin kept Walker to 50% of his points in double the time other players.
Lin in and immediately got his hands on the ball. Almost got another steal, but caused the other player to panic and got a TO on the travel call.
TD with a 3 pointer to make the lead up to 10 again.
So, three guards for Houston now? Interesting.
JLin +17 highest efficiency among all the players tonight :)
Walker blew by Lin to score on Lin. 6 points lead for Houston now.
Lin made a bad TO and Morris had to foul on the other end. I smell benching coming.
Good foul by Morris. Session missed both FTs.
He missed a 3FGA too. McHell can do no right.
First bad play by Lin. Should've taken the 3 in the corner.
He's obviously not feeling it.
Lin shoot more than harden until now lol
TD with a bad foul on the other end to cut the lead down to 4 now with 20 seconds left in the 3rd. Harden got the ball now and not giving it up. Hahahah, now the lead is only 2.
Harden iso hero ball and missed and nobody ran back to cover and it was an easy two to cut lead to 2 now.
ok bad subbing by McHale. Lin needs to dominate the point.
First bad stretch by Jeremy. Missed wide open trey and then too scared to shoot again -- TO.He just has to shake off the cold stretch and McHale's poor subbing and turn it back on in the 4th.
Question - what position did Lin play at the end of 3rd quarter?
McHale's whipping boy position.
Lin is stuck on 8 assists and 9 points in the 3rd. It looked very promising in the 1st half and now nothing.
He's in rhythm and you keep taking him out then putting him in.
True, McHell's sub pattern is bad.But, there doesn't seem to be a good time to take Lin out.Houston crumbles every time Lin's butt touches the bench.
Jeremy shld teach harden how to finish the quarter.harden tried to duplicate what lin did at the end of first but came out short...better luck on the last quarter.
Now I don't understand McHale. Lin's not playing well at the moment but he keeps him in, just trying to match up with Bobcats 3 guard lineup.
Douglas still playing point guard. This doesn't make sense.
Bball is a game of momentum and now the lead has gone back to Charlotte. Houston is making bad shots and bad TO's now.
Well, leave it to McHale to mess things up again. He should stick to what worked. Experimenting with a three-guard lineup and messing up the flow... If the Rockets lose this one, fire McHale!
He's not experimenting. He's trying to matchup with what the other team is doing. His thinking is always to try to match the other team on D, not what the other team match us.
McHale is an IMBECILE. He is the one hindering the Rockets from winning.
Okay, then his matching-up didn't work. Bottom line is it was different from what he was doing before and it didn't work. Now the whole game is a mess.
Karl named Western Conference coach of the month. Just out of curiousity, has McHale every been named coach of anything?
The opposing team can name him MVP.
He's the X Factor for the other team.
Okay Douglas and Lin in at the same time but somehow Douglas is handling and Lin is standing in corner.
Reversed roles. Lin is the better PG but plays SG. Douglas is the better SG but plays PG. McHale is so smart...
McHale is a genius!
Looks like he is knocked out. Big concussion
Kidd-Gilchrist. No Lin
Thanks for clarifying.
In slow mo, it didn't look that serious, but he definitely got knocked out when his teammate called his name and he didn't move.
Observation: Everytime things don't work well for McHale he seems to just go to a 3 guard lineup.Why is that?
Scary injury to MKG -- hope he's okay.Probably a concussion.
This is a big concussion. No evidence that he is conscious
Hope he is okay.
Jeremy is stuck with 9 pts and 8 assists. That's what happens when someone not something breaks your momentum.
If he was in control would have 12-14 assists
Khuang: "McHale is training Lin how to maintain his momentum even when benched."
EtaneYou are hilarious. But as i said, the benching thing is not getting laughable now.
Stop the FLAMING, Etane. Just watch and ENJOY the damn game.
Stay out of this, jlin74forever. You wanna fight too? Take me on if you dare. Just watch the game and enjoy it. STOP FLAMING PEOPLE.
Lin gets hit no foul.Asik gets held FOUL!
Lin is out of it.TO city.
Game might be over.
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Terrible turnovers by Jeremy.YEESH. He looked like CP3 during the first half.And now he's playing totally out of it.
something happened in the locker room during the halftime break?
3rd quarter. He kept being HACKED with no calls. He got frustrated and afraid to shoot.And McHale's terrible, weird subbing pattern doesn't help.
I haven't seen this before. Lin is playing embarrassing. What is he doing out there, it's insane. Charlotte is horrible.
Whatever happened to McHell's favorite PG, Beverley? He can insert him into the game now and a 4 guard line up for that extra spark.
This game should have been like the Jazz game, but instead McHale got weird with his sub patterns and now the Rockets are down by 5 points and Lin doesn't look right in the 2nd half. He has 4 TO's and the coach benched him.
Harden iso ball to save the day.
Damn. Lin out. Douglas stays. He never go to run the point. This blows
I actually agree with this benching....as long as Jeremy comes back in for the last 5 minutes or so. ...which he probably won't.
Wow that's a huge 3 by Parsons.
And now he's benched. Lin just lost, in that stretch, everything he'd built up the last few weeks. McHale will use this as an excuse for a long, long time.
unfortunately :/And they just went on 9-0 run not sure if Lin will come back.
Game is over when they shifted the offense to have harden be the PG and Lin hide in the corner again. All these crazy substitution destroyed chemistry.
I think Lin was distracted by that hottie in the stands.
Lin is not Linning but is Sinning?
Hey that should be a yellow card for Kemba walker!
So, not only can't McHell take Lin off the court but he also CAN'T make anyone other than Lin be the PG. Houston desperately needs someone who can back up Lin at the point.
Lin had easy passes to make. I can't imagine what was going through his head.
yes those where painful to watch, I really hope he can train himself not to jump across the lane to pass. I'm sure he will as he gets more time on the court, that will cut down his TO's. Otherwise he had a good game, and he should not be out the rest of the 4th but what else have we come to expect....
Here comes the Harden show. Another loss for the Rox.
so Lin at the bench at 4 q again?
You will not see Lin back in the line up now since Houston is able to get back the lead with Lin on the bench. This justifies McHale reason for benching Lin.
But what can Lin do? When he did well and his team went on a run, he went to the bench and only came back if the opposing team went on a run. When he did bad and the opposing team went to a run, he also went to the bench and wouldn't come back if his team went on a run. Lol.
Its OK guys. Despite all the distractions (subbed when hot 300 times, subbed to play SG in the corners, fellow player going down) he did pretty well.
TD is -16 yet he gets to finish. Makes no sense. Let Lin be the point guard and don't try to turn him into Harden when TD is in.
Lin has only himself to blame. He turned it over or almost turned it over three straight possessions. He had easy plays to make and he made stupid ones. I can't imagine what he was doing but it was really bad luck to make those plays at that point. He gave McHale all the ammo he needed.
Are you a Lin fan? just asking
@Stu,Are YOU a Lin fan?Seriously, what's with the witch hunt style questioning whenever someone is objective?Seriously, GTFO dude...
Calm down Michael. Yes - Lin turned it over but - dont say you havent seen Harden turn it over like that before. McHale might have the ammo HE thinks he needs but in my eyes thats not good enough.Players can loose rhythm you know? Especially when you are being subbed for no good reason all the time - or made to play SG.BTW - Lins back!
TVN the troll
@TVN:Michael is very eloquent and hes very well respected here. He can talk for himself.
Mchale's game plan for a come back. Throw up 3s and hope it goes in.
So, are most of you happy or sad that Houston went on a 9-0 run with Lin on the bench?
I don't know what game you guys are watching, he had like 2-3 turnovers within 3 minutes and then allowed two 3s in a row. This benching is justified. He's an NBA player I don't care what the rotation was.
So Douglas got to play even he helped the opposing team on 2-3 big run? And Douglas cannot be benched no matter what right?
This is exactly what we were questioning in the early going.lin was playing excellent then the unexplainable sub patterns broke his momentum.jeremy can't continue with the fire he has bec mchale would throw ice on him.to me, if jeremy played poorly in the 2nd , we all know who to blame.Jeremy (this is mchale's answer)
Exactly. In both the previous subs, he brought the team back up. Then, after a string of unlucky shots/fouls, he gets sat.
And now of course Charlotte can't buy a basket. They'd been hitting everything on everyone while Lin was in for that last stretch.
Lin was subbed out and back in twice before the latest "shit" stretch. He helped bring the team back up 4 points in both prior subs. McHale subbed Lin in and out really destructively. You can't play a player for a few minutes at a time, sub them out, and then back in.
Lin gets no breathing room. parsons and harden can have 6+ to games but if lin gets 4 to's he gets benched.
Lin is at the scorer's table now.
PPat is taking over the game now, not Harden, not TD, not Asik, not Parsons.
Jeremy about to check back in!Thank you, McHale. No matter what happens.
I'm throwing him a bone after hating him 24/7, lol.
Bobcats have 3 guards and are getting owned for it. Looks like Lin is done.
PPat again. I think he scored the majority of the points for Houston in the 4th quarter.
Great job putting Lin in by McHale! Good substitution now
I dont understand McHale. He makes it hard for us to like him but he makes it hard for us to hate him as well :)
i hate Houston
Great pass by Jeremy to Asik (no dime of course, lol).
no assist for Lin second half
Jeremy has done nothing since he was first subbed out.
If you jerk him around like a yo yo how do you expect him to turn it ON and OFF. He is not like a faucet. He has gone into hibernation Lin mode.
That's true to a certain extent.
Rockets need to win this game.
Gah! 3pt shooting!That's all that's holding Jeremy back.
2:02 left and Houston leading by 7 points. 95 - 102 Houston.
Did I just see Lin stuff walker?Lol :DSo mad he's not gunna get double double at this pace.
McHale achieved that with his weird substitution pattern. This should have been an easy game for Houston and the starters should have been resting on the bench, but instead McHale made it interesting.
It was so promising... but McHale is there so really, what else did I expect. Granted, Lin made some mistakes but the question is what caused it/contributed to it?
It's plain as day. Nobody overshadows Har-en. He's the franchise player, all-star and marquee draw.
Lin got no assists and pts in second half?
HACKED like crazy...no calls. Four times this game alone.
He barely handled the ball in the 2nd half. The few times he handled he turned it over (his own fault but it happened to anyone).And he kept getting subbed in and out for probably 10 times in this game.If McHale didn't take him out so early in the 1st quarter he probably had a double double in the 1st half already.
I think Lin is turning off cause of all the non-calls on him, so he's not driving...Step up on the midrange J's lin!
Kevin Mchale is not a great coach....He doesn't know what his rotation should be....
If McHale would give Lin the Harden treatment, he'd have gotten three double-doubles within the past 3 games, and another one tonight.
girl in blue - not so hot...
I see the girl in blue with the camera phone. She's not that hot.
Yeah, bad read by me earlier. My bad, bros.
It's awwight. So, we no she's not to blame for Lin's bad second half.
Harden -> triple double
This is a GREAT example of how Bubba Gump Sampson and Kevin McHale completely ruined Jeremy Lin during the game. Lin started HOT this game, 8 assists 3 steals and 3 for 4 shooting by halftime. Also held Kemba to like 2 points in the 1st half (but Kemba scored against Harden and Douglas).Lin kept getting yanked around in the first half. Same in the 3rd quarter. By the 4th quarter Lin was cold, lost all his momentum from all the benchings.Looks like the game will end with Lin still with 8 assists and 3 steals. Basically, Bubba Gump Sampson succeeded in killing Lin's momentum this game. At least Harden is about to get his triple double. Harden's defense is TERRIBLE. He guards nobody. He plays Ole defense. He must give up 30+ points every game if you add up every PG, SG, and SF who blows by Harden all game long.
McHell is a bad coach, but, using this game as an example, Jeremy cools off a little too easily.
Good synopsis Anonymous.
Very true.But that's why Jeremy has a tougher battle than any other player in the entire NBA.At the very LEAST, McHale put him back in for the late 4th quarter (and to be fair, he actually did make several bad mistakes in the 3rd).
James Harden got his first career triple double. McHale made a check right next to Harden's goals.
triple double for james.Grats.Now lin plz get ur double double :/
people in Houston just do not like basketball.look at the arena, it seems empty when they said its sold out crowds. ridiculous....
There's even a Lunar New Year promo tonight
I really feel sad seeing that. People in NYC still want him back. That arena is @#$%....speechless!(I am from NYC)
It's nice they won and it's nice Lin got back in, but that stretch of turnovers, right after McHale had finally acquiesced to pressure and trusted him, that was enormously costly. Lin had chance to cement trust in him for the rest of the season and he squandered it. And you could see how scared he was by that horrible miss on the three pointer. I just don't understand what he was so scared about in this game. He has leverage! He doesn't need to be scared!
Lin is hot and cold because of McHale sub him in and out so many times.
I think Houston is really trying to promote Harden. They won't lay off calling him their "all star". The haltime recap showed 4 replays, 3 of which were Harden's and only 1 was Lins. At that point Lin had 8 assists and Harden only 4.
Lin is basically useless unless he is PG nevermind the substitution pattern. Jekyll and Hyde.
Who thinks Jeremy is better off playing for the Lakers with D'Antoni?
I don't think that will work with Kobe on the team. He's another ball hogger.
Besides, they got Nash there. Don't need Lin there. If Nash can't get it done then what makes you think Lin can outshine Nash?
But we do know that MDA has faith in Lin, let's players play through mistakes, and is not threatened by intelligent players. Lin could also learn from Nash so in that case, he doesn't have to outshine Nash... at least immediately, but he would eventually with that kind of support.
And Kobe is willing to do what he has to do win so I think he is a different type of ball hogger than Melo, at least before Melo apparently had an Eureka moment from the summer olympics.
Even official scorers hate Jeremy. He had a couple assists robbed tonight, including that last Harden bucket.
Game over. McHale achieved several goals tonight.1) Sub Lin in and out to make it seems to management that he is using Lin.2) Get Harden his first career triple double.3) Let management see that when Lin does bad he is quick to bench Lin and make an example out of him.4) Stop Lin from getting a double double or a triple double after what seems like a promising first half.5) Prove to management that Harden is still the right person to finish the game and not Lin.
I disagree. A coach CAN'T make a player get a triple double. Neither can he STOP a player from making a double double or a triple double. Harden is the number 1 option regardless of what we want. I would love it to be Lin but just got to accept it. And I completely disagree with the third one. The Rockets looked their WORST when Lin was in the bench. The only good part was the fourth quarter but that was all Patterson.The Rockets look lost without Lin and anyone can see that. Lin just didn't have a good second half. That's fine, he just needs to do what he did in the first half throughout the whole game. He is well capable of doing that and more.
Lin played great in the first half. I'm happy with that. 3-4 quarters were a mess. Good for McHale putting him back in at the end at least
Not gunna hate on Harden, its just his night, anytime someone gets a triple double its legit.Not sure why Lin sort of self destruct in 3rd and early 4th. Its like he sort of well stopped playing for a stretch there.Oh well there's next game. 100 bucks this is where McHale says he is inconsistent.He is only starter without double digits anything.
Harden played great -- very unselfish actually.I just want to stop seeing McHale sub Lin in and out and in and out like a psycho.Let him play more than 7 minutes at a time!
There is like one minute during Lin's in and out! crazy!
Rockets win and Lin had a good game. Lin had a great first half but then kinda just died down. Good win even though it shouldn't have been that difficult. Now some good rest and practice and Golden State. McHale still needs to work that rotation out. I thought it was a bit better but still Parsons had 44 minutes and Harden 40. Delfino was out so who knows.
Lin needs to prove that he can play without being the PG all the time.And, McHell needs to learn how to bench Lin without taking the ball out of Lin's hands.Oh, the paradox.
I should mention that after he came back in the third he didn't get to be PG. It's clear Lin is not a good shooting guard, which is kind of sad, but a fact. He's even a bad passer when he plays shooting guard. So, that's half the reason he had that bad stretch. McHale is a clever man. Don't sub Lin out but put him in a position to fail.
McHale is not smart but I think it's Bubba Gump Sampson who is deliberately putting Lin down to help Harden and Douglas look better. It was Bubba Gump who sat Lin during the Portland game while McHale was out, the game Lin almost had a triple double and sat most of that 4th quarter and overtime (in a LOSS).