Also via Feigen, Marcus Morris becomes the likely starter while rookie Terrence Jones will be recalled from the D-League.
A few thoughts:
- Regardless of your opinion on Patterson–and he’s a fairly polarizing figure given his rebounding inadequacies–any time you lose a starter, it’s a pretty big loss. That effect is compounded by the fact that he’s a ‘big’ and that this is the youngest roster in all of basketball. ‘Bigs’ have more responsibility (defensively) than other players and young teams inherently struggle with defensive cohesion.
- I’m no doctor, but these recurring injuries to Patterson are becoming slightly concerning.
- The silver lining is that Terrence Jones will get his shot. I predict he’ll explode and never look back. I’m basing this on the fact that the Rockets have had a breakout rookie in (seemingly) every year of Daryl Morey’s tenure with the team.
- I do not think this injury holds any consequence in potential trades. Teams know what Patterson is: a relatively dependable ‘big’ with limited upside. He probably had little trade value to begin with; this development does nothing to diminish that.
McHale of course was Garnett’s mentor upon the latter’s entrance into the league. Friday night, the two legendary forwards shared an emotional embrace in what is still the fresh aftermath of the tragic death of McHale’s daughter, on a day marred by tragedy for all.
Tonight, the Rockets toughed out a second quarter run from a perennial playoff team and held on to win by double digits. Despite exceeding the Celtics’ turnovers by 5 (17 vs 12), and extracting lackluster performances from Lin and Patterson, the Rockets played some of their best defense of the season to date and pulled back to .500 yet again.
Monday night’s loss at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs bore the most significant results of the season. The team didn’t earn a victory, but observers came away with proof of something far more valuable.
In scoring 38 points in his first outing without James Harden, Lin put to rest any doubts regarding his overall ability. It just simply is not possible that that performance (against the league’s best team) and last year’s Linsanity stretch were flukes. It just cannot be. One cannot achieve such heights in such a manner, in that many instances, by mere luck or random chance. These games are indisputably probative of actual ability. Jeremy Lin is not elite, but he can be a very good, game-changing player in this league.