Starting the game slow and turnovers are as always the Rockets downfall. It was no different against the Pacers as they had 8 turnovers in the 1st quarter and trailed 31-18 going into the 2nd. The Rockets finished with 18 turnovers, a stat they continue to lead the league in.
James Harden continues to struggle as he shot just 5-19 from the field and 3-7 from deep for 17 points. Over the last two games he has shot just 10-43 from the field. Over the last 5 games he has a total of 24 turnovers.
It was a career night for Omer Asik as he scored a career high 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. The only knock I’ve had on Asik is that he doesn’t block as many shots as I would like. That was obviously not the case tonight as he got 2 more than his average. His offensive game is also coming along quite nicely.
With Harden struggling as much as he has been I’ve been looking for Jeremy Lin to step up. He only scored 10 points on 4-7 shooting from the field and 2-2 from deep. Lin getting just 7 shots up to Harden’s 19 and Asik’s 13 is pathetic. He also finished with just 3 assists. He needs to be more aggressive in general, but especially when Harden is having an off night or two.
The two small forwards both had solid nights as Chandler Parsons finished with 16 points on 6-9 shooting from the field and 2-4 from the arc. Carlos Delfino scored 17 points on 6-11 from the field and 3-6 from deep. He scored 12 of his 17 points in the 4th quarter.
Houston’s production from the power forward spot tonight was just downright horrible. Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris combined for 3 points on 1-13 shooting from the field and just 2 rebounds. It looks like to me it might be time to give Donatas Motiejunas or Terrence Jones some playing time.
Paul George looks to be one of the most exciting young players in the league. He lit up the Rockets defense for 31 points on 11-19 shooting from the field and 7-10 from three. He also played incredible defense on Harden finishing with 5 steals and 6 rebounds.
If the Rockets losing streak is ever going to end it should be one of the next two games. They play the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night who are without Kevin Love. On Monday they will face the Charlotte Bobcats.