Lin says he will come off the bench tonight. Expect starting lineup to stay same as last two games.
— Jason Friedman (@JasonCFriedman) https://twitter.com/JasonCFriedman/status/330343690361004033">May 3, 2013
I anticipated this decision, as it's best not to mess with the starting lineup chemistry that has been working well. Will be very interesting to see how effective he will be coming off his injury.
I think his primary job today is to shake off the rust, fill the role of Definao (not the 3pt shooting) and provide PB and AB more rest if possible.
I was just thinking if Lin is to fill the role of Delfino without his 3 point shooting, then he is just an extra body out there. I mean, what is Delfino without his 3 point shooting? :)
i still don't know how he will mess up the chemistry? He's not a ballhogger or iso person or anything, so i don't get how he can mess up anything? it's not like PB was doing anything significant that Lin can't do, PB rebounds hard, but Asik does that best, i just don't really get it. I have a feeling that McHale only gave him the option of playing off the bench or just not play at all, I think Lin would've wanted to start, he worked so hard to be in the starting line up and 2 games and he's demoted to the bench?i honestly don't get how the Rox can think of Lin as being a selfish player who ball hogs,it's like 2 games and they think Lin will come back and hog and mess up, he won't and he doesn't. Really i just don't get it, but w.e hopefully he makes the most of tonight
@eb5attorney, I meant more on rotation wise. He is also a play maker in the Rox behind Harden and Parsons. Small line up get the advantage that you have multiple ball handlers who can attack the mismatches.
McHale has his wish.
Hope this is a blessing in disguise, as Lin shines best with Harden off the floor.
Lin coming off the bench is the best thing right now. He'll get to play without having to carry the team too much with his chest injury. Chest has very little flesh protection. so healing isn't the fastest. Plus, if they lose, it's fair that Lin shouldn't have to take the blame, since luck has also played a big part in their 2 wins."Jeremy Lin Says He ‘Would Have Played’ If Team Let Him in Rockets’ Game 4 and 5 Wins" : This confirms my suspicion that McHale and Morey must have been gleeful that Lin's backup and the team "appeared" better without Jeremy Lin, since the Thunder is missing one of their two SUPERSTARS. The Rockets have no such 2nd established superstar at the moment, so right now the two teams are closer to being equal, although on paper, as well as on the experience level, the Thunder s/b a better team still. But anything can happen in a 7-game playoff series.As the result of McHale's & Morey's decision to prevent Lin from playing in the 2 much easier games with the opposing team missing Westbrook, Lin has taken the matter to the media, which is highly unusual for him (Good for him! It's apparent that Lin knew what they were up to, and he's starting to fight back). “They’ve taken away my freedom to choose whether I play or not,” he said, according to the Houston Chronicle.Note: Thanks to PastyPete, the 2 above quotes were lifted from the following article from NESN: http://tinyurl.com/bptqcg8
Well, to be fair, I'm not sure JLin was in a good condition to play in the last 2 games considering his obvious impairment in the third game and using his left hand to shoot in practices. JLin would have insisted that he could play because he's a fighter, but ultimately I think his trainers made the right call to let him sit out.
*BUT*.... They didn't even want Lin to play in THIS #6 game!And they SHOULD have let him play off the bench the previous 2 games.McHale's and Morey's ulterior motive is intact! It fits the way the whole season went.
I think the decision to have him come off the bench has less to do with "chemistry" than him recovering from injury. If he was 100%, he will be in the starting lineup, "chemistry" be damned. Anyways, hope he could be effective in his limited minutes (if any) and not re-aggravate his injury.
Haha... how articulate, or rather speechless? ;)
Agree 100%. If people think bring the ball past half court and hand it over to Harden is chemistry then I am speechless.
Totally agree.I don't understand why some people are so pessimistic. Lin just recently healed. He's being cautious.Also, if he does well he'll probably finish the game as well.
Agreed. There are too many conspiracy theorists around here. The simple matter of the fact is that JLin was hurt and hurt bad. He couldn't even take his own shirt off- so how is he supposed to play basketball- at a high level no less.
I'm fine with that decision mostly because I wanna see the Reception that Rockets fans give Lin when he comes in the game. And FINALLY he will be able to play and shut everyone up. I'm growing tired of people calling Lin names and saying we will lose if he plays blah blah blah. Here comes a 28 points 8 assist game by Linsanity to give us the win.
He probably will be boooed if his +/- is a minus. lol
My gut tells me his effectiveness will be limited and he won't get more than 10-15 mins in game 6, but I could be wrong. I hope the Houston fans at least give him a big ovation when he comes in, if McHale allows him to come in. I am more hopeful they can win the series because in the 2nd round you'll see a confident, focused and extremely motivated JLIN. Hope we all get to see that stage and the Rox advance (only because I want to see Lin play more, not because I'm a Rox fan).
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I really think it depends on how well he's healed.He hasn't played in a few days and is just coming back. If he does well and shows that he's fully healed, I wouldn't be surprised if he finished the game.@JLinfan#1 thanks so much for your hard work here as well as taking care of the trolls :)
I didn't get to read the troll's comments, but they had to be really bad for them to get erased. The admin has let too many things go on this Lin fan site, so they kept coming back to troll some more.
TBH, Houston fans aren't NYK fans or GSW fans, those fans LOVE Lin, Rox fans don't seem to really like Lin or what not. I know CF is a small part of the fan base, but it's a small enough sample to look into how the Houston fans see Lin, they see him as the same player they cut last year. Look at when PB goes off in Game 2, fans go crazy over him, when Lin goes off, cricket cricket, it's just not the same. I think its safe to say that Lin is adored by fans in GSW for obvious reasons and NY loves him, I think Lin is like the least popular on the team in Houston, it just doesn't feel like it. idk my thoughts
I doubt Lin will play a lot...not sure how bad his arm is hurting but I doubt he's 100% either...If Lin does play close to 30 min or more, I think he will be productive even if the stats don't show it.
On the other Cluck Fans site which is advertising driven, trolls are encouraged cos each idiotic post is defended by numerous posts.
Spencer srsly shut it.Lin will be great tonight and i dont think McHell will limit him too much. if he isnt in harsh pain, he´ll blow by everyone being well rested and with the scouting more on beverley and brooks :)if MCHell only play him for 12 minutes unlike he did everytime with beverley off the bench i will send him a bomb though :D
@Hans Schwanz, I'm just being realistic, given the circumstances. Do you think for a moment, McHale, who never is in Lin's corner, is going to go out of his way to play Lin, especially since he/the Rox have had some success without Lin in the lineup. I don't think I should "shut it." If Beverly is in serious foul trouble or Harden is (or even Brooks), then Lin should get more minutes. I don't think I am saying anything that others on this site don't think as well.
hans schwanz, you should cut the language regarding "sending a bomb" and stuff like that. USA is in a sensitive mood, so that I would not be surprised if people report you to FBI for making statements like that. You obviously are living abroad.
sry guys i got to chill more. not srs about a bomb of course lol^^McHell allways brings out the worst in me :-D
Told you. They don't really want Lin out there. He'll likely be on a short leash.
I'm an actual Lin fan and I don't really want him out there! If I was Lin's coach, he'd get very few minutes from me this game.
Heck, Lin's been on a short leash throughout this year. I would be happy if he can play during 4th quarter and finish the game, depending on how he plays free from injury.
Seems like Lin is rushing back...moderate pain is fine but if he can't lift his arm, he can't shoot or take contact there, so he may be quite limited. He didn't look like he should have been in game 3 from what I saw...he was bricking makeable layups at his team's expense due to the injury...
I guess we will have to find it out tonight.
He'll do more than David Lee, but he'll have to make some good plays to get support due to the weird AB/Bev love so far. Nice that we won, but as CNM Paul says, c'mon, look at the stats.Tonight should be a good game. I really hope Rox wins! OKC winning would be quite boring.
Hope he will comes out big when needed! Really great news!
Don't forget that the last time Lin came off the bench was on 2/4/12 when he scored 25 points against the Nets.
ooh great point! how can i forget that! hopefully we see something like that! But it won't be as awesome because the fan reception probably won't be as insane as it was when that happened....
It's not a great situation for Lin. If he does well, they'll probably say he's more effective coming off the bench. If he does poorly, they'll blame him for the loss. Either way, I have a reason to watch the game and I hope he kicks butt.
actually it really doesn't matter what fans say, to Jeremy himself, it is the best situation. He would not mess up with the team, and he got to test out how effective he is after injury. And gain experience of playoff. At this time, anticipate him to be linsane is not realistic, I think even Jeremy himeself wouldn't know how he will feel in game situation. We will just see, and cheer for him. Whatever the outcome. I'm just happy that he will have some minutes in this series.
I'm glad Lin is playing. I think it's totally appropriatefor him to come off the bench. There's absolutely no point in fantasizing about McHale using this as an excuse to bench Lin for NEXT FRIGGIN SEASON! If Lin only appears for 2 minutes, that's fine with me. Injured players are often more detrimental than they are helpful.
I agree, KHuang. Lin is not 100%.The best scenario is Rox winning in a blowout and Lin got some playing time in the end to get the jitters out so he's ready for Game 7.
Agreed. Everyone's talking about Rose not playing in Chicago. What makes you think Jeremy can just walk on the court and turn it on after having not played or even really practiced in a week.
I'm just going to vent a little here. People make absolutely no sense sometimes. People saying that when Lin plays with lose. If people would actually do some research and see that Lin played EVERY SINGLE GAME during the season. You tell if we lose every time he plays we wouldn't be in the playoffs. That Lin was a major contributor the first time we beat the Thunder during the season with clutch 3s. I'm seriously ready for tonight. I can't wait to see Linsanity like if it was Knicks vs Nets all over again.
I know, I am just having fun.
lol what does that mean?
Literally translation, "if you are getting serious with [beep], you lost already"
Lin already wanted to have played the game 4 and 5, because he had conditions.Now Lin put contact in practice to show for McFail who really he had conditions.
David Lee also came off the bench last night for the Warriors, and only played about a minute. I don't like the way McHale's been using Lin all season, but coming off the bench after injury seems to be standard procedure around the league.
I think it will be a great opportunity. I'd like to see him come in 2nd quarter when Harden usually sits perhaps along side Beverly. That was a very potent combination. I remember one game they were on quite a run with that until Harden came back in and the ball got sticky again.
It is bad, but I feel Rox always performs bad when expectation is high, and vice versa.
Let's beat OKC 2 more times!
I agree. Las Vegas has Rockets favored by 1 pt. I kind of like it better when they are underdogs.
Lin haters: Get a grip!! Russell Westbrook is not playing..Rusell Westbrook is not playing...what part of that do you not understand? The guy who averages 23 ppg and close to 8 assists is not playing....Kevin Durant versus the Rockets is not good enough. The Rockets SHOULD win even without Lin. Last game was a prime example of what OKC is missing- another star to keep the pressure off of Durant offensively. In Game 2, Westbrook played the second half with Beverly. Westbrook was already injured and Beverly took advantage of that. How about the rest of the series? Beverly and Brooks have noone to guard anymore so expect them to continue with their "stellar" performance.
Haters keep focusing on first game when no Rocket did well. They should review the highlights the Feb 20 Rockets vs Thunder game when Jeremy went off for 29 points and clutch 3's:Jeremy Lin Hightlights vs Thunder Feb 20, 2013
I hope Lin is, physically, truly ready for the game. He might be rusty but the bruise should no longer significantly hamper his performance before he steps on to the court.I don’t want to see any more cheap shots from KD and company to further aggravate Lin’s injury. If they pull that kind of #%@* again I expect to see some serious retaliation. Not a full scale NHL hockey brawl but something that tells the opposition to back off… just my testosterone talking here…
Durant's bullying tactics against small guards with his petty nasty fouls and the constant tirade of directions, imploring and whining against the umpires has put many people against him. He must be believing the NBA advertising - but it's 2nd man to zilch (not top dog) as soon as Westbrook stood down.
What do you all think of the Celtics? On one hand I'd like to see them embarrass the Knicks. On the other I'd like to see the Rockets do it.
Love to see Lin play without James Harden on the floor. I don't care he is come off from the bench or playing for another team. Just as long as he is 'THE' Point guard. I will be satisfy.
That's one way to stagger Lin and Harden's minutes.Lin's impact on the game will depend on the line-up he plays with. Lin goes as far as other players are willing to go. Lin plays well in a line-up of guys who are willing to play team ball such as Bev, Garcia, Smith, and maybe Asik. They may have limited skills for creating their own shot and knows it (Asik, Smith etc.), and/or they have the team mentality (Bev, Garcia etc.). And of course it is not difficult to identify players who do not create their own shot well, but do not know it, and those can create their own shot, but don't have a team mentality.
Heh ill just say it now:I told you so.And if pb pays dividends in rest of playoffs expect lin to come off bench next year. Yes it makes no sense but itshow mchale rolls. And lin will compete with ab for backup.Best case scenario is for lin to get traded he is done here...he needs to play his heart out and up his stock or else it will be bad for his career in the short term.Rest of guys have rhythm ha lin sat out only for 2.5 games they plainly don't want to integrate him back.
Let me put it this way if it was parsons or harden or heck asik I bet my salary mchale would not hesitate to reinsert them as starters
Even though I've disliked McHale as a coach throughout the year, I have to agree with him this time. As someone who is still recovering from an injury and missed practices and games, do you really want him to be suddenly put back and play starter minutes? I have no problem with him playing off the bench in his first game back.As for next season, I'm sure JLin will remain the starter unless he's traded because the Rockets will not waste $8 million on a bench player.
yup, bring Lin slowly off the bench with 5-10min only if Rox is trailing.If not, let him rest until Game 7.If Rox is winning, it's not worth it to let OKC out to hack him.watch his video below. He's not 100%
He's just coming back from injury. This is a smart move.It's not permanent. But since we can't tell the future we'll just have to watch :)But once Lin is fully healed and not rusty he'll be a starter again (if he stays on the Rockets).
Kenoshi's point is valid. If this was Harden or Parsons, Mac is going to start them for sure. Why? Mac and CL people would say Harden and Parsons don't have any decent back-ups in the same position. Well, Lin really doesn't have any definite position.
Exactly eb5, took the words right out of my mouth.Here's what I think is going to happen:- Lin recovered more than he let on- Brooks is going to adjust to the 3 guard/smallball line up, while McHale without a plan is going to go "with what works", and well its not going to go well for Rox starters- Lin is going to benefit coming off the bench, anytime he gets time without Hogden he lights it up, here's to hoping there isn't too much overlapI'm actually expecting a good game today from Lin. He is rested, and coming off the bench is going to pay dividends. I'm hoping OKC doesn't plan against him. If he gets free reign with 2nd unit you may see him get 16pt 8+ assists, I won't even rule out a double double.If Lin gets going today OKC is not making 2nd round. Here's how I think its going to play out:- 1q: Lin eases into it- 2q: Lin establishes himself, hits 2-3 baskets and draws a couple fouls for some and 1s- 3q: Lin to light it up- 4q: I don't think Lin will play, because McHale will want his starters to close, but here's hoping Hogden/Parsons don't screw up enough to lose the gameYeah I'll be watching today's game, cause Lin is playing :)
but the thing is that even in the Reg season, Lin didn't really get Starters mins even. Heck he was allergic to 4th quarters?! Don't matter if Lin comes off bench or starts, he'll end up getting the same mins! So i'm going to go along with the logic that McHale don't want to find a way to make Lin and Harden work so he's going to go the scare way and play Lin's backup as the starter and Lin the better PG be the backup, which makes absolutely no sense, your should be starting PG is the back up to your should be back up PG as a starter? W.e but for the sake of the series, and Lin coming back from injury, I'll hold back on McHale.
I rather see Lin play 15 minutes without Harden, then 25 minutes with Harden.
ok, a serious survey question.After listening to Lin's interview about him still not 100% ("I'll be okay tonight"), what do you expect from him tonight coming off the bench?a. 2pts/1asts with only 10-min cameo experience because he can't pass/shoot wellb. 8pts/4asts with 15-min effective but somewhat limited performance.c.15pts/10asts in a comeback win facilitating PnR and a smooch and towel-snap from Parsons for assisting his 4 threes.d. DNP due to Rockets win and rest until Game 7
I don't think he will look to score much because his shooting arm is most likely still affected by the injury. I expect him to help run the offense and put up some assists when the starters get some rest. He will have Aaron Brook's role, the 3rd PG off the bench.
ok, so probably option a with b as the best-case scenario then.Yeah, it's quite reasonable considering his injury.We're not even sure if he can put on shirt by himself now, much less shooting well.
I'm going with C.
Lin 5/3 Post-Practice interview"I'll be okay tonight". He's not 100% yet so be cautious to expect Linsanity performance.
Lol that's just how Lin usually is, he looks no different than any of the post practice interviews except he isn't covered in sweat this time.
He was hesitant in answering the question on how he felt with (the pain) now so he didn't deny the pain is still there but he'll be fine with adrenaline.Can't blame the guy for wanting to play. But who knows how much the injury is healed and not affect the shooting? And a chance that it might be re-aggravated by OKC hit men.I'm just hoping for a blowout by the Rox tonight so he just needs to play in Game 7.
Thanks JLinfan#1 for policing the forum, really appreciated.
yes, very nice to read without the profanities.Lydia, where has Etane gone? Solidz and I were speculating some far-fetched theories lol
Too bad she didn't remove Lydia's mean spirited posts =(
Beware of any website that is advertising driven. They get paid for the number of visits and the number of 'hook's on the advertisements. The administrators of such sites welcome trolls because each trolling post attracts many posts of outraged victims. I purposefully avoid walking past drinking establishments full of drunks issuing swearing profanities so why watch CF?
Here is best case scenario for me. Lin off bench and ease into offense and score couple lay ups and assists and completely catch 2nd unit thunder off guard! Then Mcfail bench him immediately as Lin getting too "hot" and then we won't see much of Lin again. Finally this site goes insane! And I'm all for this to happen as Lin gets to play and show he still got the move and on to game 7 hopefully
Carlos Delfino is another X-factor out there. He did help in Game 4, but he usually ends up killing the other team or his own team with his play. I like what I saw from Game 5 because Delfino wasn't out there to hurt the team and the Rox used better defenders in Garcia and Bev to put around Harden and Parsons along with Asik.Quite honestly, Lin has been a bit like Delfino this year...hot or cold...and if Delfino makes me feel uneasy, I can see why non-Lin fans cringe too when they see Lin because they don't know if they're getting Linsanity or a scrub game to game. A lot of that did have to do with Lin's handcuffing but nobody cares for excuses... Being objective, this is the Rockets best lineup against OKC by far - Harden, Bev, Parsons, Asik, Garcia. 3 defenders who are deferential on offense to their 2 "stars." Yeah Parsons tries on D but he's a bit slow athletically and you can see it when he plays defense, either it's his athleticism or reaction time, but he gets away with it with his height at times, but not against KD who is just as long...Mchale is an oddball in that he hardly played any of his rookies this year, and he yoyo'd them around like he did Lin. Mchale won't play Anderson to backup or spell Harden even 1 minute...so of course he doesn't want Lin to be a super 6th man either...Mchale wants to win or lose on Harden's shoulders alone and have Parsons become the #1 option and decision maker when Harden sits out for a few minutes a game. Had they not gotten Harden, I still think they would have worked to marginalize Lin unless Lin just went crazy game to game without Harden there to get in his way where Mchale and co. just gave into Lin.
Delfino is out for the rest of the playoffs. Needs foot surgery. Which makes having JLin back more important.
I think in the Rocketscast live Friedman put it well. People that hate on Lin don't make any sense. If he doesn't play (which is not up to him) he is soft. If he plays they don't want him to play cause surely he is the only reason why the Rockets won the last 2 games. Then if he plays well and Rockets lose it will also be his fault. And if he plays well and Rockets win he just had a lucky night. So, today I decided that I'm not going to pay attention to these people at all. I will just enjoy watching Lin play a playoff game. Something I have waited since last season. :D
He defended for Lin today, that does not happen too often. I think they usually tend to avoid the Lin topic.
Don't want JLin trade value to decline further ;)
You have a link to that rocketscast?
Goto Rockets.com you will see.
“Playoff series end up having kind of a life of their own and a rhythm,” McHale said. “To be thrown in in the middle of that rhythm a lot of times, it’s hard to catch the rhythm. Our guys have a little bit of rhythm in this series, as Oklahoma City has a rhythm in the series. To be thrown out there – that’s why we have to be a little bit careful. Jeremy hasn’t played in a while. And not only has he not played, he hasn’t been able to shoot and do anything with any kind of contact for … a week or so or longer.“We’ll bring him off the bench and see how much juice he has in the tank. It’s hard to enter a series when you haven’t played in a while, but we’re going to try to keep what we have going. Jeremy, we’ll try to fit him in there, see how he is and see how his arm feels. If he gets hit or anything happens.”Lin will play at most 15 min. Don't expect him to make any significant impact unless bev is in foul trouble ( likely) or AB is playing badly ( possible) or one of he two gets hurt.However, I have no problem with what McHale said.
That explanation is reasonable, nothing wrong with it. Unless you are going to think it is just the cover up of some agenda.
It fits in line with how I believe McHale feels about Jeremy as a player. He isn't suddenly going to favor him.
Obviously not :P, we just have to take as is anyway.
That's a fair shot!
And he's right - you can't just plug a starter back unless it's LeBron. JLin is great, but right now, Rox made and adjustment and with him as an option, with Del out (and Del helped in the last 2 games), this is a new soup and McHale is right to play it carefully. They are going to read the OKC game plan, and if it's hurting Rox, then Lin goes in to counter. If OKC can't adjust, streaming JLin in as appropriate it the right thing to do.Fingers crossed for a 2/4 Nets like evening. Only, that night, D'Antoni let Lin play through his mistakes until it built up. It won't be the case tonight, but I sure hope for something like a quiet explosive great game.
I'm fine with Lin coming off the bench.
1. Rocke'ts must win this series, period. Yes, they must make history with or without Lin.2. Rocket's must have, at the very least, a good showing in the 2nd round and Lin must do really well in the 2nd round. But Lin won't have that opportunity unless this historical 1st round win happens.
For the first time in a long time, I have a good feeling about the rox. My inner DeAleck is coming out. ...,ummmmmm...... Here it is..... **buuurp!!***Rox win !If I'm wrong, I will ban myself until next season.
Nah, don't miss all the fun with via and IsabeliJane on Lin's swing through Phillipines and China. Just ban yourself for the dark-side comments, Luke. That would be cool, to have a Solidz with the Force.
Howard Chen @ho_chenCSN 34mCarlos Delfino out for remainder of playoffs. CT scan yesterday revealed bone fracture in his foot. Requires offseason surgery. #RedNation
Yeah sucks...Although he is streaky and has a bit of hogness I like Delfino's game.I just wish McHale would stop pitting him against 7'+ centers...
HIS DUNK DESPITE DURANT WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS forever!
Bummer, we needed his 2-3 3s tonight.
In a perfect parallel universe. Rockets beat OKC and make history. Lin, Harden and Parsons then lead the Rockets to the finals again making history. And then........ Rockets vs Knicks as the NBA Finals. Game 7 at Madison Square Garden Lin goes off and the Rockets win the Finals thanks to Lin. I can dream :D
Assuming Knicks actually beats Celtics...Would be funny if Rox beats OKC and Celtics beats Knicks.
LOL, your scenario is awesome.
We have the same dream.
Just how can we discount the Miami Heats: the team to beat in the East.Is the Knicks good enough for the rockets INTERNATIONAL SQUAD?
Two games have to be won to get past the first round. If Harden is persuaded to not throw away the ball (10 turn overs) and shoot moderately and if Durant doesn't get help from refs to rack up 50 points (to continue the NBA advertisements of 2nd man)...If the OKC team by playing badly continues to revenge on KD and RW'brk for being star centred ... then your dream can be extended.
I prefer the crybaby pundits talking about how Rox got to the 2nd round and the Knicks didn't. But then again, we are 2 games away and on a 1-game at a time status.It's still ALL McHale and Harden's fault, those many last 2 minutes wasted (LAL, 2 Rox games), if they lose any of the next 2 games.
I still think NYK will win the series.
Linsanity vs Melodolany, game 7. Lin buzzer beating 3pts, won by 1 point. Melo and Dolan collapse and Dolan suffer a seisure, while Melo is crying in the shoulder of Spike Lee. All while the fans of NY yelling, "WE WANT LIN". Priceless!!!! :)
jp: all that sounded good and realistic... but knicks in the finals??? stop trippin man :D :D
The Rockets is an international team with players come around the world. The are put together for a reason. If they play fair with all players: JLin is an integral part of it: no more or no less.He will rise for the situation and play with his heart.Never mind the outcome. Go and teach those guys what real basketball game should be.When it's your call, go and finish those OKC scum bags.
They're not all scum bags, a bit unfair to label the team like that. But with nasty Perkins and RW, KD who directs refs like a traffic cop and the flop-happy Collison it's understandable.
Just watched OKC's pre-game video. Seems they're panicing. "Just do the little things, go touch the guys, defence - defence - defence, we're a close knit team". Sub-plot: you guys just defend, let me (KD) do all the scoring, the team is breaking up - you guys got to support me more, I want you to lay your bodies on the line, be nasty even more so that I can be the star and score most of the points for the team, now that my mate RW has gone.
Their players look fine tho. They are a veteran-er team, more pressure, yes. But I don think they are panicking.
I expect good contribution from lin off the bench tonight despite his bruised right boobie. 3 points 1.5 assist in 20 mins.
game time! btw just extra tidbit: Jeremy's friend Jerome Jordan is playing for a Philippine professional basketball team. He is starting lineup for TALK 'N TEXT (my favorite local team)
Usually low seeded teams like Houston get blown out like what is happening to Boston right now in a game 6 like this. But I expect this to be a close game win or lose...