The Rockets Daily – October 11, 2013

The Highlight Factory – Since the Rockets game against the Pacers was at 6:30 a.m. Central Time, I’m guessing most of you didn’t get a chance to see it. Never fear, the interwebs are full of highlight videos already, and I’ve tried to compile most of them for you right here.

First things first, the Coldest Move Award goes to Chandler Parson’s Euro-step that destroyed the Pacers entire half-court defense and put Roy Hibbert on his butt.

I’m impressed. Most impressed. Let’s talk about Jeremy Lin now, because I’ve officially changed my verdict on what his role should be.

In the past I’ve argued that Lin should be in the starting lineup. My rationale was that multiple playmakers are needed against trapping Thibodeau-style defenses. While I still think he can play with the other starters for that reason, I think his manifest destiny is as a 6th man on a championship contender.

He is the Manu to Beverley’s Bowen, and the Harden to Beverley’s Sefalosha. Ultimately, the value Lin adds to the team by his ability to feast on second units flat outweighs the value he brings as an additional playmaker. When he’s attacking the lane against the other team’s backups, you’d think he was Derrick Rose.

The stat lines for both Howard and Hibbert were in one sense disappointing, but also exactly what you would expect. Howard struggles to score against behemoths like Hibbert, who is also one of the best post defenders in the league, and Hibbert is proving that his suddenly boosted reputation is the result of being able to feast on Chris Bosh in the playoffs. Against Howard, he managed six measly points. Despite only going 4-11 from the floor, Howard displayed some nifty face-up moves.

The runner-up for the Coldest Move award goes to Patrick Beverley. Enjoy.

That looked like the kind of play that Russell Westbrook used to make. Don’t look at me like that. You thought it too.

Let’s play a game. Watch this video of Paul George’s highlights against the Rockets and tell me what’s encouraging (this is not a trick question).

Do you know what’s a little funny about this highlight reel? No dunks! Let’s review those baskets: two fading corner threes, a very contested floater in the lane, one transition layup (almost erased by Terrence Jones), and an And-1 coming off a tough post-up against Harden. Those are not easy looks for a slasher like George, who also had five turnovers to one assist for the game. George had a good game shooting 7-13 from the field, but he also went just 1-4 from the line, and the video bears out that the Rockets defense made him work for it.

James Harden shot only 26 percent against the Pacers last year. So naturally he scored 21 points on 12 shots in Manila.

Beard Meets Bird – This tweet should brighten your day.

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Total comments: 7
  • John P says 11 months ago

    why argue over the storm in a tea cup...my guess is he will start some, come off the bench some...and do whatever is effective to win. Lin doesn't seem to make a stink about any of this...why should anyone else.
    Did anyone ever doubt Manu was/is a great player coming off the bench? Have some confidence in your guy and let him play wherever he is most effective.
    Lets just win it all....i don't care if Lin is the ballboy or the star of the team as long as we win

  • Richards says 11 months ago

    To be a true sixth man and a key player, Lin still need to play well with starters during final minutes.

  • Cooper says 11 months ago Straight up talent wise I think it's silly to compare Lin to harden. Some players are just better off the bench. Jamal Crawford has been a sixth man for a long time his numbers have never been better when he's started but that doesn't mean he isn't still a productive player. It's just that you aren't going to let him run your team over Chris Paul. Same with Lin and Harden.
  • Jeby says 11 months ago

    Your Lin argument is just the reverse of what they said about James Harden - that his numbers wouldn't translate from 6th man to starter, which IMO is false. Either Lin is producing or not. If not, he might play less minutes, and maybe "leading the bench" is the story they'll tell him, but it's nonsense - he'll just have lost his job to Beverley plain and simple.

    Harden's issue in OKC was that he had to adjust his game to fit with Durant and Westbrook when he was playing against starting lineups, and Lin has a similar issue playing with Harden. Harden destroyed second units when he had the ball in his hands, and I suspect Lin will do the same. I don't have the numbers at my fingertips, but I recall that if you compare Harden's production when he was on the court without Durant and Westbrook to his overall production in Houston, he was more efficient as OKC's supersub.

  • BrentYen says 11 months ago

    Your Lin argument is just the reverse of what they said about James Harden - that his numbers wouldn't translate from 6th man to starter, which IMO is false. Either Lin is producing or not. If not, he might play less minutes, and maybe "leading the bench" is the story they'll tell him, but it's nonsense - he'll just have lost his job to Beverley plain and simple.

    Under the name of fitting dilemma. LOL. Well, I think it is just McHale seems to value Defense more and the 1st 10 minutes of yesterdays' game said a lot.

  • David says 11 months ago

    Your Lin argument is just the reverse of what they said about James Harden - that his numbers wouldn't translate from 6th man to starter, which IMO is false. Either Lin is producing or not. If not, he might play less minutes, and maybe "leading the bench" is the story they'll tell him, but it's nonsense - he'll just have lost his job to Beverley plain and simple.

  • Rahat Huq says 11 months ago

    it still feels a bit unreal seeing dwight howard highlights wearing red