Despite Dominant Charlotte Bobcat Defense, Houston Rockets Prevail

By Richard Huang

Jan 21, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) sits on the bench during the first half against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

it felt like the Charlotte Bobcats had 10 blocks in the first half, and it shows as James Harden and Jeremy Lin had a 25% and 0% field goal percentage respectively combined to a 14.29% FG. Luckily, James Harden was eventually able to draw fouls on the Charlotte Bobcat players. Charlotte is fifth in blocks per game.

No wonder the NBA got rid of the Center position. No one knows how to play it, including Houston. The Rocket bigs don’t know how to play Center. Put your arms up, dunk, rebound and Play post up so it would have been more difficult for Bismack Biyombo to get some of those blocks in.

Houston missed six of their last seven shots before Chandler Parsons made a three. He made a couple. He had a 100% field goal percentage until sometime in the second half. Running the offense through him might have been an option for a time out to throw off the Charlotte defense a little.

The 3 is and was the Rockets’ key to success in games. Another way for Houston to have been dominant against  this under .500 team would have been if they had given space from the Bobcats running around before clutch shooting.

So of course, Houston does not take advantage of the 3 point success of Parsons, Carlo Delfino and Marcus Morris.

Jeremy Lin and the Rockets were having problems guarding Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker, who scored 17 points in the first half. Rough screens by Bismarck Biyombo did not help either. Jeffrey Taylor scored 7 points in 2 minutes 29 seconds before suffering from a quad strain.

The second half was a little better for the Rockets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismarck Biyombo had some foul trouble to lighten the load of Houston’s problems; The Bobcats were either not shooting great or turning it over;  and the transitional offense that the Houston Rockets are known for kicked in. Kemba Walker just was not as hot in that third quarter. That was typed of course right before Kemba Walker shoots two threes increasing the Charlotte Bobcats lead to 72-81.

Jeremy Lin! What is with you and holidays? The sudden need for the Rockets to have a backup point guard with many questionable plays in struggling times. I’ll just let all of you discuss that.

Overall, the game was a good test of the Rockets skills. I am not saying they passed- if they played a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder, they probably would not have had as much of a lack of a shooting stretch. However, it gave the Rockets some focus on what difficult games will come in the second half of the season.