Jeremy Lin: His Week in Houston Rockets Action Caught On Video Highlights
It's been a busy week for Jeremy Lin as he and the Houston Rockets try and climb higher in the race to the NBA playoffs.
Lin have been on a roll in his last five games, averaging 15.0 points and 5.0 assists for the Rockets (36-30), who have won six of their last 10 games. And this week in Rockets action has seen Lin rise to the occasion, netting 16.0 points and 6.0 assists since last Saturday as the Rockets have gone 2-1 this week.
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On Saturday's March 9 game against the Phoenix Suns, which the Rockets lost 107-105, Lin averaged 11 points and four assists in 31 minutes. Lin's 44.4 percent shooting for that night in 31 minutes was a slight down-night for Lin after scoring scoring 15 points and four assists in March 8th's win against Golden State.
However, he picked it up in the rematch against the Suns on Wednesday, where Lin scored 13 points and six assists in 26 minutes, having a more efficient night from the field with 55.6 percent field goal shooting and 1-for-2 from three-point territory. Coupled with James Harden's 18 points and a rare offensive gem from power forward Donatas Motiejunas (19 points, 7-for-12 shooting) the Rockets were able to overpower the Suns with a balanced offensive attack that gave Houston a 111-81 blowout win over the Suns.
Lin even beat out a much larger opponent on a tip off in the second quarter.
On Friday, Lin followed that up with one of his better games this month. Hitting a hot 8-for-15 from the field, Lin scored 24 points in 39 minutes to complement Harden's 37 points as the Rockets rallied from an 18-point deficit and outdueled the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-100 in a high-scoring affair at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The stabilized play of Lin in the last eight games--during which he has consecutively scored in double figures--has been a key factor in the Rockets' success, which the backcourt stabilizing now while James Harden continues his MVP-like performance this season. If Lin can sustain that solid play as the Rockets enter their tough March stretch against several top playoff contending teams such as San Antonio, Memphis and the Clippers, the seventh-seeded Rockets may have what it takes to climb higher in the standing late in the season, where playoff positioning becomes more critical with every game.
The Rockets' remaining schedule won't be easy as they look to gain higher positioning in the playoff bracket. But as long as Houston's backcourt of Lin and Harden keep the Rockets' high-powered offense in high gear, it should be all systems go for Rockets Nation.