The direction of this team is still questionable as it’s only 4 games into the season. But I expect the season to continue like this all season long. They’re a very young team and with all the newly acquired players they will need some time to get down the chemistry.
Omer Asik ended the night with another double-double. He did struggle a bit with the Nuggets energy. He couldn’t consistently keep up with the fast pace and the fast and athletic big men of the Nuggets. He finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Patrick Patterson was the MVP for the Rockets in this game. He shot 8-13 from the field and 2-4 from downtown. He finished with 18 points and 5 rebounds. His outside shooting is a new dimension in his game that he is using well.
Jeremy Lin struggled offensively and some defensively. He had a career high 6 steals but was constantly being beat off the dribble by Ty Lawson, who finished with 21 points and 8 assists. Lin shot just 2-9 from the field and 0-4 from three for a total of just 6 points.
James Harden struggled throughout the night with Andre Iguodala in his face. He shot just 5-15 from the field, 0-5 from downtown and 5-7 from the line for a total of 15 points. He also turned the ball over 6 times.
Carlos Delfino chipped in with 19 points on 6-14 shooting from the field and 4-10 from three. His shooting off the bench is very crucial since the rest of the bench just scored 11 points total.
The Rockets shot just 36% from the field and 24% from three. The offense looks way too easy to defend with all the jump shots and threes they shoot. They have no post offense with Asik and Patterson who is more of a jump shooting power forward. The team may do better than expected but they won’t go far without a offensive post presence.
|DENVER NUGGETS (2-3)|
|E. Fournier||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|J. Hamilton||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|Q. Miller||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|T. Mozgov||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|A. Randolph||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|45.1%||38.9%||57.1%||TEAM REBS: 12||TOTAL TO: 22|
|HOUSTON ROCKETS (2-2)|
|D. Cook||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|T. Jones||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|D. Motiejunas||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|G. Smith||DNP – COACH’S DECISION|
|36.9%||24.2%||73.9%||TEAM REBS: 9||TOTAL TO: 20|