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Jeremy Lin was benched for the start of the second half on Saturday night. (Photo: Reuters)
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Houston has lost seven straight games after falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. The Rockets struggled shooting once again, making just 32 percent of their shots and committing 20 turnovers. Guard James Harden in particular has performed poorly as of late, shooting just 28 percent over the Rockets' last three games, according to the Associated Press.
Still, Harden did manage 18 points against the Timberwolves, though he was zero-for-7 from the three-point range. Jeremy Lin was the only other starter in double figures with 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Jeremy Lin scored these 12 points despite being benched for the start of the second half. According to SB Nation, Lin, along with fellow starters Patrick Patterson and Chandler Parsons, remained off the court for the start of the third quarter. This new lineup did not work much better, as the Rockets missed their first seven shots and turned the ball over five times in the first four minutes of the second half, per the Houston Chronicle.
Houston's offense has gotten off to slow starts throughout this seven-game losing streak. The Rockets are averaging just 17.3 first-quarter points over their last three games and have faced a double-digit deficit in each of their last 10 contests.
The Rockets defense has not been much better. On Saturday, the squad allowed Minnesota's Chris Johnson to score 15 points off the bench, even though the forward was just signed to a 10-day contract that morning.
But if any team can cure the Rockets' woes, it may be the Bobcats. Charlotte is just 10-30 on the season after a loss to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. The Bobcats had a chance to tie the game with seconds remaining, but Kemba Walker's three-point attempt was an air ball.
The Bobcats have particularly struggled defending from long-range. According to NBA.com, Charlotte has allowed opponents to make 41.3 percent of their three-pointers during their 14-game home losing streak. Houston, meanwhile, averages 10 made threes a game, best in the Western Conference.
Houston has won three straight games over the Bobcats, including a sweep of the season series last year. The two squads last met in March of 2012, when the Rockets defeated Charlotte by 20 points. Parsons had eight points on four-of-six shooting in that contest, while guard Gerald Henderson was one of five Bobcats players in double figures.
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