Head Games – Dwight Howard was very candid with CBS’s Ken Berger about his free throw shooting.
“The games when I have good free throw-shooting nights, it’s because I’m in a good rhythm and I take my time and my head is somewhere else instead of being so …” Howard said, not finishing the thought. “There’s focus and then there’s too focused — where you focus so much that you over-think your shot and yourself.”In other words, it’s all in his head.“I just get in the game and I over-think it because that’s all I’ve heard was, ‘You can’t make free throws,'” Howard said. “On one hand, I’m trying to prove a point — and I’m trying to prove it so bad that I just miss it. So that’s something I need to work on.”
Against the Knicks, he went 5-8, including some key freebies in crunch time. Maybe that’s progress. Maybe not.Bang – Just when it was starting to feel like Chandler Parsons was relapsing, he puts up 22 points and does this:
It’s so good to have The Hair back to form. Sartorial Splendor – The Rockets’ new sleeved jerseys have been unveiled, and they’ll be making a debut on Christmas day. Honestly, I’m not crazy about the whole big logo look. The logo along with the cut of the jersey just makes it look like a women’s t-shirt. In fact, if I saw a small one hanging on a rack, that’s what I would assume it was. NBA players can pull it off, but I’m not sure if it will be any more flattering for the typical flabby American make than the traditional sleeveless number.Omergate– The worldwide leader reports that Omer Asik has again request a trade and that the Rockets continue to refuse. Asik logged his first DNP-CD in who knows how long against New York last night, so clearly McHale is getting a feel for how the Rockets could fare without the big guy.This Tweet and Vine pretty much tell you all you need to know about Omergate:
HOW YOU FEELING, ASIK? https://t.co/ZyAjGJNGT4— netw3rk (@netw3rk) November 15, 2013
Injury Note – Greg Smith went down in a scary sequence last night in which he remained on the floor for almost two whole possessions until Houston fouled to halt play. Looks like it was an LCL sprain (knee), according to Ken Berger (via SI).Got any sweet links or suggestions? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or message @EbyNews on Twitter.
Somebody find Omer a good home.