Jeremy Lin And The Houston Rockets Vs. Phoenix Suns: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview

By Melissa Siegel, Posted: 03/09/13 12:34PM EST

Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets face the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. The game will be broadcast live locally at 9 p.m. ET, and you can also watch a live stream online for free here. But please, click on that link at your own risk.

Houston is coming off a 94-88 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Forward Chandler Parsons led the Rockets with 26 points, while guard James Harden added a double-double despite shooting just 17.6 percent from the floor. Point guard Jeremy Lin, meanwhile, shot just 3-of-9 but made eight of his nine free throws in the contest.

The poor shooting was uncharacteristic of this Rockets squad, which still ranks second in the NBA in scoring offense. This time, it was Houston's 29th-ranked defense that came through, holding the Warriors to under 38 percent shooting for the game, and just over 19 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter. Golden State managed only 12 points over that final period.

"We've started to clamp down," Jeremy Lin told the Houston Chronicle. "It would be nice if we could start that early, like in the first quarter. I don't know what we're doing in the first quarter. It seemed like we clamped down in the fourth. Tonight was a good example of executing a game plan and then we have [center] Omer [Asik] down low who eats every rebound."

This improved defense should serve Houston well in its late-season playoff run. The Rockets currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference, just two games ahead of the ninth-place Los Angeles Lakers.

As noted, the Rockets should also have somewhat of an advantage with their schedule, as Houston faces the Suns four times in its last 19 games. Phoenix is tied with the New Orleans Hornets for the worst record in the conference.

Phoenix also will likely be without two of its key contributors on Saturday. Per, center Marcin Gortat injured his foot during Wednesday's loss to the Toronto Raptors. He will likely be in a cast for at least three weeks, and his status for the remainder of the season is in doubt. Gorat leads the squad in both rebounds and blocks.

Meanwhile, fellow center Jermaine O'Neal is expected to miss his third game while tending to his teenage daughter. According to, O'Neal is staying with her as she recovers from heart valve surgery in Boston.

The game will also mark a reunion for Suns forward Luis Scola, who spent the first five seasons of his career with Houston before joining Phoenix in free agency.

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