Jeremy Lin And The Houston Rockets Vs. Atlanta Hawks: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview
Jeremy Lin (left) was three assists shy of a triple-double the last time the Rockets faced the Hawks. (Photo: REUTERS)
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Jeremy Lin and the Rockets are coming off a 30-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. James Harden led Houston with 25 points, just six more than former Rocket Kevin Martin, who was traded to Oklahoma City in the Harden deal.
A Rockets squad that ranks third in the NBA in scoring went more than five minutes in the third quarter without a field goal. Jeremy Lin was one of several Rockets who had a shot blocked over that span. The point guard ultimately finished with just seven points and was 0-of-3 from three-point range.
Jeremy Lin and the Rockets also had trouble rebounding in the Thunder contest. Houston was out-rebounded 53-36 in that game, only the second time all year the squad has been out-rebounded by double digits. The other time this occurred was in Houston's loss to the San Antonio Spurs back on December 7.
Despite Jeremy Lin's scoring troubles on Saturday, he has been helping the team in other ways throughout the season. The point guard is still tied for 12th in the NBA in steals per game and last week hit double digit assists in two straight contests. He has also scored 20 points or more five times this season, with three of those efforts coming over the last two weeks.
However, he is still facing some criticism from the press. As we previously reported, ESPN's Bill Simmons called Jeremy Lin's jump shot one of the ugliest in the NBA. Even Lin himself has called his play "terrible" this season, though he could still potentially start the NBA All-Star game.
The Hawks, meanwhile, are 19-9 on the season and are in the middle of a four-game winning streak. Their most recent triumph was a nine-point win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Lou Williams had his first career double-double with 21 points and 12 assists, while Al Horford added 20 points of his own.
The win was particularly impressive considering the Hawks were dealing with several key injuries. Leading scorer Josh Smith missed the contest with a strained hip flexor, while injuries to reserve guards Devin Harris and Anthony Morrow left Atlanta with just nine available players for the Pacers contest. Neither Harris nor Morrow made the trip to Houston for Monday's contest, though there is still a chance Smith could play, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
These two squads faced off earlier this year, with Houston pulling off the 109-102 victory. Harden scored a career-high 45 points in that contest, while Jeremy Lin was three assists shy of a triple-double.