Jeremy Lin’s Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview
Jeremy Lin has scored 10 points or fewer in three straight games. (Photo: REUTERS)
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Houston dropped below .500 with a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Coach Kevin McHale rejoined the team for that contest after missing nearly a month while dealing with the death of his daughter from lupus complications. But his return was not enough to lead Houston to a win. The Rockets gave up 40 points to O. J. Mayo and blew a nine-point lead with 7:31 left.
Even James Harden's 39 points were not enough for the Rockets. He was not helped by yet another disappointing performance from Jeremy Lin. The point guard finished with just seven points in 18 minutes. It was his third-straight outing scoring fewer than 10 points. As we previously discussed, if Lin continues to struggle in Houston it might be prudent for the Rockets to trade the guard to a team like the Lakers, where he could succeed in Mike D'Antoni's offense.
Even with Lin's scoring problems, Houston currently has the third-highest scoring offense in the NBA, averaging 103.4 points per game. Unfortunately, tonight the Rockets face the second-highest scoring offense in the league, as the Spurs average 104.6 points per game. And while San Antonio is also ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense, Houston has struggled on that side of the ball, allowing 103.9 points per game, second-worst in the NBA.
The Spurs sit at 17-4 on the season and are in the middle of a four-game winning streak. Their most recent victory was a 20-point triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night. San Antonio scored a team-record 19 three-point shots, seven of them from Danny Green.
This came just a day after San Antonio defeated the Rockets, 114-92. Guard Tony Parker led San Antonio with 17 points, while forward Tim Duncan scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season. San Antonio scored 60 points in the paint in that contest, proving that the Spurs can win in several different ways.
If Houston wants to win tonight's rematch, the Rockets will likely need to take a big lead into the fourth quarter. That's because San Antonio is strongest late in contests. The Spurs average an NBA-leading 27.9 points and 49.9 percent shooting during that final quarter. As a result, they currently boast an 8-2 record when trailing or tied with their opponent heading into the fourth.
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