Announcers are harping on Harden leading the team at half time. 19 points 3 assists, 3 TO's and not making his teammates better.
really??? Rockets or Blazers announcers?
Rockets obviously need to make adjustments on Lamarcus. Will McHale be able to do it? Doubt it.I would love to see Lin with the 2nd unit again.
Harden starting off 3rd quarter with his 4th 3 pointer.
Smith picked up his 4th foul also quickly on an block attempt. McFail is leaving him in the game.
Damn, Harden is stinking it up. Another TO for him and he let his man blow by him for the alley oop.
wow Harden's D is horrible, lack of effort..sad to see
Lol Aldridge goaltend...Lin with 2 quick baskets 9 to 13 go Lin!
Lin with the speed to blow by everybody and got the bucket. Lin has 13 points now.
DEFFENSE 3more to go for play offs spot...pls
jeremy is hurt omg:(
Lin is kind of hot!
I mean his shots are. = P
@Etane - BAHAHAHAAHAHA that would sound questionable if not for quick save!
Lin with another 3 pointer. He scored the last 7 points for Houston so far.
Matthews open on every possession!
You mean "Harden's man".
Asik nice save off Lin's brik.
Man Flip Saunders is HORRIBLE as a TV announcer.
Monster board and dunk! Asik!
wow that play by Lin was ugly...lucky Gsmith got the ball. Lin must just put up the floater...
I think that was a pass to Asik?
Omer is beasting now in the 3rd quarter. He has been grabbing rebounds, loose balls and dunking.
why are they so much more complimentary towards lillard than lin? Lin's made some sweet plays.
Honestly at this point I don't give a shit. As long as Lin plays like this, I don't need no flip sanders to give Lin props.
He's Asian...white and black people don't want to start worshipping dorky asians...
Lin with a home run pass to Garcia for the dunk and his 6th assist.
Matthews is ALWAYS open!
Sigh, Matthew open again to hit the 3 point shot.
what is going on? I've never seen Harden pass it back to Lin so quickly! =)
Lol @ Harden's "its not my problem" defense.Wow ugly drive but drew foul on Lillard nice :D
Jeremy plays BETTER when he's "banged up," lol.He started 0-3 with a good elbow...he's 6-7 since he had to ice it.
More assist from lin than harden plsThen they will get the w
The big men are in foul trouble.Send in TROB!!!
It's funny because unless Mchale pulls Lin, Lin will get better stats than Harden...Also in the 2nd half, all the bigs are passing and outletting to Lin...It's good if G Smith and the other bigs are mad at Harden...they get the boards and decide which guard gets the ball, and right now they are feeding Lin.Lin is smart developing a feel and trust with Asik. Now Asik is trying to hit Lin with more outlets and looking to pass to Lin as much if not more than to Harden.
They were lame to freeze out Lin in the first place. Ass kissers kissing up to Harden when they thought Harden was the man..
Lin always seems to play better when he's banged up (bloody nose, lip, etc)
DMO?What a joke!
McHale's probably going to bench Lin for that home run pass! LOL
Without Parson,our big man tends to get in foul trouble.
Lin is not over passing in this game. Finally..
You can sleep good tonight, finally. = P
LOL ESPN & Flip Saunders doing a cutaway of Harden and how awesome he is. Lin is going to end up with more points and more assists by end of game unless Mchale takes away his minutes... haha
I thought Lin was a bit selfish on that break away play. Should've passed to Garcia for the assist.
I think he was gunning for the foul.
No way, he needs to get his points or else McHale will bench him.I'm just glad he didn't hurt his knee on that wet spot -- he told the ref about it but they couldn't dry it up until the next stoppage...then he slipped on that same spot later.
Garcia was not at the right angle for Lin to pass it. He could take Lillard and did not want to risk over passing.
Disagree. He needs to stop overpassibg. This is the way he should play.
redking, no it was a good play. These teams are starting to get used to Lin overpassing...Also even if Lin misses, Garcia has an easy putback.It was the right play on that as Lillard committed to Lin late.
Heh I think he was purposely trying to draw a foul off Lillard.
The defender did not commit to him so passing can result in TO.Good play
Lin didn't exactly have a shot but Lillard was back pedaling, so Lin speeds up to force the contact for the foul.
Lin really tried to get Harden going by giving back the ball several times to make plays but Wes did a good job throwing off his rhythm.I guess it will eventually pay off to build Lin-Harden connection in the long run, just like it did for Asik.
They had a connection during Jan-Feb but Harden decided he can do it on his own.
He had something to prove back then to score 40-50pts.Now he has an ankle to save :)
And out goes Lin.PB will get rest of 3rd and 4th?
LOL, when Jeremy slipped on that wet spot...my heart jumped.
Especially since you could hear him tell the ref, "Stop, stop!" and point to floor right before that.
Beverly in for LIn with 2:53 to go in the 3rd quarter. Let's see how he fairs with Harden.
Portland actually played a good game.The Rox is just better.
oh oh the 4th q allergy lol ...mchale
It's possible that Lin might start the 4th.
he'll come back. this was a good time to give him rest.
they wer out pleyed right now.ok start the 4th:)
Yup he starts the 4th.
Dmo stop running towards the perimeter when the PG brings the ball up!
Wow PB got pwned by Lillard.Oh man this looks bad.
ROCKETS.COM, "Harden's Big Night and Beverly shut down Lillard, helped Rockets past Trailblazer"
GSW beat Phoenix so Houston need to win this game because tomorrow will be a less winnable game on a back to back with Denver.
Denver can't play better than the Portland today.They are just fired up for us.It's their game of the season.Rebounding and playing like a team. They're good!
Man DMO has been looking horrible lately...
Lol ugly plays by Portland allows them to stretch lead back out.Lin will sit 4q.
Beverly actually did some good hustling during that 3rd quarter stretch to give Houston 2nd chance opportunities.
Lol! Beverly with the steal.
I hope the Rox stick together in the 4th and blow out the trailblazers/
And wow did offense go down the drain when Lin sat?
WE need to stop clowning on PBev. He does a lot of good things...Its not TD v. Lin or bev v. Lin...Mchale needs to simply use Lin better. PBev actually looks better playing with Lin than Harden...I hope we see Lin start the 4th Again and watch the lead balloon.
I liked bev Lin line up..
Its not Lin vs PBIts just PB vs himself.
Bev's offensive rebounds and steal at the end of 3Q were his strength!He may not have Lin's court vision but he definitely gave a lot of energy and hustle.
Bev's defense enhanced by Lin when they play together. It's probably because Lin will scream at Bev if Bev does that ugly fake Harden defense that Bev customarily does.
You are right. Problem is... couple of games back Lin got benched for PB. PB ended up scoring ZERO. If I remember correctly Rox lost the game and people on CF kept saying that the coach made the right decision -> playing the HOT HAND.Since then people have been scrutinizing him - asking why the coach would bench Lin and let PB play 4th quarter.
Yup no use demonizing PB or even Harden for that matter. Harden's ball hogging is enabled by McHell. PB is just an innocent bystander.
For stats purposes and for selfish reasons, I need Lin to get two more assists.
Our man started the fourth.Go Lin!
now we're all allergic...
Lin & Bev lineup again with Harden resting.
Double Double for Jlin at the end, I called it.
Calling it with 11 mins left in the game doesn't mean much = P.
you forgot Mchale's tendency of benching Lin
I'm soooo glad seeing Batum wearing suit tonight :)
IMO Portland is feeling the pain with Batum sitting out...
jared jeffries on the bench! watching his bff Jeremy play
Time to blow the game open so the starters can rest for tomorrow's game!
too much lillard dickriding.
Nice Lin -> Smith!
Lin with a great alley oop pass to G. Smith. 7 assists now.
Lin has a connection with GS.
Lin said to GS "You do as I say and I will make you rich like Tyson Chandler".
Wow careless TO by Lin.
trying to much to give DMo the ball
Yeah DMO needs to sit.
I like how it didn't phase him and he goes right back on the attack and another basket for Rockets.
Dmo needs to learn how to play his position.
Lin with another assist to G. Smith.
That G Smith....wow he is a good inside scorer..And oh, Flip Saunders hates Lin...
Greg smith gotta buy Lin dinner...damn he is making him look really good.
His free throw has gotten better too.
Jeremy makes everybody around him better :)
Haha.. the announcers said, "Time to make a run when Harden sits" as Greg Smith made the layup.
NO Flip SAunders did...
These ESPN announcers sounded like POR announcers
"Flip" is such an appropriate name...the reverse of everything he's saying is true.
why are these announcers acting like POR's in the lead?
Almost another assist to G. Smith from Lin. Lin really fast at pushing the ball and penetrating.
Give me double double
hope they can pull jlin out soon so he can get some rest
He sat out for 3 mins not including the break between 3Q-4Q.
When Harden sat, Rox lead by 20. When Lin sat, the lead dropped to about 5. Commentators couldn't be that stupid could they?
They are not impressed because generally this style of play only works in regular season games. In the playoffs, it's all half court and intense defense. And in those games, you will see Lin throw some jumping errant passes.And they are assuming Harden's offensive style will carry the day.
Seriously Flip Saunders is not a Lin fan haha...THat other guy is a Lin fan or at least a fair announcer who sees Lin played well...The 2 or 3 times he left it open for Flip to talk about Lin, Flip just didn't talk and there was a pause LOL.Well at least it's not Jon Barry....
Flip Saunders is really coming off as someone who barely did any research before this game.
What the commentators are saying about the number of Lin's assists is one less than what is on ESPN scorecenter. FYI.And commentators saying Portland need to try to make a run with Harden sitting. HA. SMH. Not with Lin on the floor.
Well everyone knows you make a run WITH HARDEN ON THE FLOOR, NOT WITHOUT!
Why, because Houston defense is tougher with Harden OFF the floor lol!
Actually, Beverley pairs very well with Lin. I like it.
It lets Lin set up in the half court without worrying about bringing the ball up.
DMo needs to sit!
Goddammit Memphis, you have to win
Lin just spun in the paint. Last time he did that he got benched right away.
This kid is making it look easy now.
Crowd Ohhhing and ahhhhing that move by Lin for 2.
GS fouls out but had a great game.
Portland seriously missed Batum. He's an one man defensive wrecking crew. A great playmaker and shooter on offense as well.
He's the reason for the Blazers contending for a playoffs spot earlier, certainly not Lillard as ESPN want to claim. Since he got injured and his level of play suffered, the Blazers as a team got much worse.
Lin's defender is still looking for Lin
Take that shot lin
Lin should of shot...What happened to that teardrop of his...ANd damned that Harden losing the ball in the first place.
I'm gonna kill flip Saunders.. Harden is the reason for Lin's improvement??
That is the same stupid shit SAS says... God flip is the worst announcer I heard this year!
He's just box-score reading. Sufficient PG role with 13pts/6asts, that's all you want to ask for
Harden does help but he's not THE reason for lin's improvement. Lin's the reason for his improvement. Lin did really well in NY too, so uhhhh yeah, it's not just because of Harden.God.
Whatever it takes to deflect credit and ability off Lin...the new thing is now saying Harden allows Lin to score and make assists....that's the new thing for the nonbelievers to say...I truly truly hope Lin gets his chance and I know he will succeed.
Not as dumb as saying McHell is reason for Lin's improvement.
Fcxxxking saunders, totally pissing me off, he has zero clue, zero about rockets
Typical ESPN. They just credit like everything for the people they want to hype. If casual people don't notice by watching ESPN, they would probably think basketball is an individual sport. And someone like Lebron can play one on five and win a championship by himself.
Lin's reverse layup!!!!!
That under the basket view was sooo Linsanity..
3 Guards lmao, bad rotation for tomorrows game
Take Dmo out for Tjones please.
this is fucking awesome, on national tv.
Lin is balling tonight. He needs 2 more assists. D-Mo can't shoot now.
DAMN YOU MCHALE!!!Why didn't you let him play fourth quarters before???Seriously, this may be the FIRST TIME EVER McHale has let Lin start the 4th.
[Morpheus Voice from The Matrix]"NOW DO YOU BELIEVE MCHALE???"
Beverly is better than Anderson.Beverly has better hands.
If DMo made his shots, Lin would have his double-double!22pts/8asts now
Ha! commentators joked on DMo - he's missed all his 3 pointers except the time violation one.
If DMo was actually good, Lin would have a double double already.
Good to see Harden and Lin laughing!
Omer's first assist in the game!
oh no, not another PG :)
Asik is a fast improving outlet passer. Leaps and bounds better than the start of the year.
His strength and flexibility is improving. Earlier he was slouching and his arms were flabby. Now he stands and jumps straight up.
Harden and Lin laughing it up on the fast break where Harden got fouled and got an AND 1.
Lin is like dude I was gonna go up for an alley.
Harden and Lin sharing a laugh after that "and 1". That was nice to see.
Veteran creating that winning atmosphere.
ok time to bench the starters
Man, McHale really wants to develop DMo by leaving him on the floor playing so badly
Yeah what's deal with that. He really played bad.
Lin and Harden -> big smiles!
This 4th quarter rotation made sense ...
Jeremy, double-doubles please.....
Okay McHale, up 20 with 5 minutes left. You can pull Lin, Asik and Harden.Bev, Anderson, Garcia, TJones, DMo got this!
Agree. McHell always too shy to give his bench players minutes.
He either gives them too much or too little.
maybe McFail just don't wanna let everyone show his real ball rotation including JLin in the 4th until the playoffs and since they want the 6th spot, he's doing all these rotations now including bev and lin together. double double pls for 3rd straight.
Harden is a defensive scrub. When it feels like Blazers is playing 5 against 4, it's because Harden is on the half way line waiting for the fast break. The only thing in his favour is that he can make the layup or get the foul.
Well its more like 5 vs 4.5, Lin is 1.5 trying to pick up Harden's slack :D
Oh oh Lin's homerun pass got intercepted...McHale gunna flip out now
Hahahaha, Beverly feeding D-Mo and he makes the 3. Lin feeds D-Mo and he bricks.
LOL Lin almost made the pass of the year!
Cross court bounce pass to Harden but was intercepted.
That's it Lin is getting benched for that crazy pass attempt.
That pass was awesome! Too bad it didn't connect.
Hehe, not really. If he gets benched, it'll be because they're up 20 with under 4m.
Come on, Jeremy! Why u gotta mess up your TO count with a silly showboat pass!!! Haha, who cares, he BEASTED today...tore the Blazers apart.
It could've been play of the week!
Lakers won over grizzles by 2 pts.
20 pts lead with 5 min left.Starters will probably sit soon to save their legs for Denver tomorrow.It would be the right move.
Yeah u'd think he would sit everyone,
bench starters pleeease!!