The battle between these two Texas rivals went to the San Antonio Spurs in their first match-up of the 2012-2013 season. Sure it may just be the preseason, but these two teams have a bit of a rivalry and would like nothing more than to beat one another.
Is it time to be worried about Jeremy Lin’s play? He was atrocious against the Spurs in game three of the preseason and hasn’t impressed many so far as a member of the Houston Rockets. Against the Spurs he shot just 1-10 from the field and 2-3 from the line for a total of 4 points. He also racked up only 1 assist in 25 minutes. Is his knee bothering him more than it was lead to believe? Is he just adjusting to his new team and offense? Or is he coming back down to reality from all of the Linsanity? I think it’s still too soon to tell. But it’s also obvious his knee is bothering him. He had a few moments where he grimaced from getting bumped on his tender knee.
Omer Asik continues to have a monster preseason so far. He went toe-to-toe with one of the greatest players in NBA history in Tim Duncan. He finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 26 minutes. So far he has been the most consistent player on the team and has shown his offensive skill-set isn’t as limited as once thought to be.
Donatas Motiejunas had his best game as a Rocket, finishing with 16 points on 6-11 shooting and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. He looks to be getting more comfortable by the game and should fit nicely coming off the bench for the Rockets this coming up season if he continues taking strides game by game.
One player who is really fighting for a roster spot and playing time is Gary Forbes. I really like his game and how he plays so well with his teammates when he hasn’t been around them that long. He has shown a good shooting touch and runs the floor very well. He shot 4-8 from the field, 3-6 from downtown and 2-2 from the line for 13 points. He will have to continue this type of play in order the make the team. He has the talent to do so.
Terrence Jones and Jeremy Lamb both continue to show off their potential against the Spurs. Lamb finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 21 minutes. He shot 4-9 from the field and 3-5 from the arc. Jones put up similar numbers in 23 minutes of play, finishing with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
The Rockets defense looked below average for the first time in three games. The highly experienced Spurs took advantage of their lack of experience and young athletes. Houston will need to go back to the drawing board for Monday’s match-up against the Dallas Mavericks.
In other news, The Houston Rockets have waived rookie guards Kyle Fogg and Demetri McCamey.