Jeremy Lin’s Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview [UPDATE]
Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets defeated the Detroit Pistons earlier this season. (Photo: REUTERS)
Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets face the Detroit Pistons on Saturday for the second time this season. The game will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET, and you can also watch a live TV stream online for free here.
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The Rockets are in the midst of a three-game losing streak after starting the year 2-0. Last night, Houston fell to the Memphis Grizzlies, 93-85. Houston allowed the Grizzlies to go on a 12-2 run to start the second half, but the Rockets still managed to pull within 87-85 with 2:23 left to play. Memphis guard Mike Conley, Jr. then hit a three-pointer to push the lead back to five, and the Rockets would get no closer the rest of the way.
James Harden, the shooting guard acquired by Houston just before the start of the regular season, struggled for his third straight game. After scoring 37 and 45 points in his team's first two games, Harden has not scored more than 25 in a contest since. He has shot 33 percent or worse from the field in each of the last three games and is just 2-of-17 on three-pointers during that span.
Turnovers have also plagued Houston during this three-game losing streak. The Rockets had 20 turnovers on Friday night, compared to just nine for the Grizzlies. For the season Houston leads the NBA with an average of 19.8 giveaways per game.
But Houston may be able to get back to its winning ways against a winless Pistons squad. Detroit lost its sixth straight game on Friday night, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-94. Detroit was down 14 in the second half before coach Lawrence Frank put young centers Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond on the floor at the same time.
The duo helped lead a 9-0 Detroit run, and the Pistons trailed by just seven midway through the fourth quarter. But Thunder guard Kevin Durant then checked back into the game and led a 9-0 run of his own to seal the Oklahoma City win.
Houston should particularly be able to dominate the Pistons on the boards. The Rockets are second in the NBA in rebounds per game and already have two 50-plus rebounding games this season. Detroit, meanwhile, is last in the league with just 36.2 boards per game.
These two teams faced off just over a week ago, when Harden scored 37 points in a 105-96 Houston victory.
[UPDATE] Houston coach Kevin McHale has left the team to deal with a personal matter, according to the Houston Chronicle. There is no set timetable for his return. Assistant Kelvin Sampson will serve as the interim coach for the time being.
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