I thought tonight’s game would be close, because the Raptors have lost a lot of heart breakers recently and they really needed this game. Despite shooting well from the field, they got nearly blown out by the Rockets, who shot even better and played a complete game for a full 48 minutes on both ends of the court. This was a great blow out for the Rockets, because it wasn’t like the Raptors played terribly. They played well on the offensive end and we were still able to almost blow them out. That’s a great sign.
In the past two games, the Rockets are looking like how I expected them to look since the beginning of the season. They’re moving the ball so well and playing very unselfishly. Tonight, we got 6 players in double figures. That’s what I love about this Rockets team. It’s rarely just one player getting it done. It’s often a complete team effort and everyone is getting their touches. Tonight, Harden had 12 assists and Lin added 10. Linharden was back tonight. Lin played one of his best if not his best game as a Rockets. When Lin was out of the game, the Raptors made a run in the second quarter and the fourth quarter. I think tonight Lin played the most minutes of the regular session games that he’s played under Sampson. And I was so happy to see Lin finally hitting outside shots. He went 7 of 9 tonight and was robbed of a point, when he wasn’t given credit for a 3-pointer. He should have ended with 17 points, not 16 points. At least it was a blowout, so that one point didn’t matter. I guess those extra 30 minutes he spent shooting threes after practice payed off. It was also great to see Lin driving to the basket and finishing several times. He also rendered Lowry completely ineffective on the defensive end, including racking up 3 steals. So I think Lin had his best all-around game as a Rockets. Hope he continues to build on this. I think that Knicks game really helped get his confidence back and also was a load lifted for Lin. So I’m hoping to see Lin continue to improve from here.
Asik and Harden were very solid, once again, and Patterson had a great game. I think Harden is really settling into his role with the Rockets. It’s great to see the consistency in his game, as well as that of Asik’s The Rockets can always depend on these two guys to get it done nearly every night.
Now that Asik and Lin got revenge on their former teams, it’s time for Harden to do the same in tomorrow’s game against OKC. That’s gonna be a tough one. I’d be surprised if the Rockets win that game. If they do, than the Rockets are much further along than probably anyone expected at this stage in the season.