The Houston Rockets got blown out by the San Antonio Spurs 114-92. This game was over from the start. Houston lost every quarter and the only player that showed up was James Harden. As tough as it is, this is bound to happen with such a young team with no post presence going up against a veteran team in the Spurs.
What more can you say about James Harden’s play so far this season? The guy has lived up to the hype so far, but where is the help coming from? Harden finished with 29 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals in 34 minutes.
Omer Asik, Patrick Patterson and Greg Smith were just dominated by Tim Duncan, Dejuan Blair and Tiago Splitter. Asik, Patterson and Smith combined for just 12 points and 12 rebounds. Duncan, Blair and Splitter combined for 35 points and 23 rebounds.
Jeremy Lin continues to struggle on both sides of the floor. He finished with just 4 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes. Something has to give sooner or later. The longer his poor play continues the closer we get to calling his signing a bust. The last couple of games Toney Douglas has outplayed him. Tonight Douglas finished with 10 points and 3 assists.
The lack of a post presence continues to haunt the Rockets. Patterson is getting farther and farther from the basket by the game and Asik can only do so much offensively. I think the Rockets need to make a trade to fix this. Until then give Terrence Jones more of an opportunity. He has the ability to make things happen down low more so than the other guys.
The best thing about this blowout loss is the Rockets get to play again immediately tomorrow night against the other rival team in the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets should come out hungry and more determined to make up for this blowout loss tonight.