The Rockets started off slow in their much anticipated season debut. Harden and the team looked sluggish as the game went on but their overall talent level was enough for the victory. Turnovers and poor free throw shooting could hurt in the future, but they were able to overcome those deficiencies against the Bobcats. The Rockets saw several players head to the locker room in the first half and are already a bit too banged up after just one game.
Dwight Howard‘s season debut could not have gone much better for the big man. Howard finished with 17 points and 26 rebounds and blocked another 2 shots. The Rockets still need to work on getting the ball to Howard which was part of the reason the team turned the ball over 18 times with Howard (4) and Harden (5) contributing to half of the turnovers. The other big man, Omer Asik, also had a nice game scoring 4 points with 14 rebounds and two blocks of his own. The combination looked a lot better tonight and Coach McHale did a great job with his rotation of big men.
James Harden was bothered by a lower-back injury and even had to miss some time to go to the locker room in the first half. Harden finished the game with just 21 points on 7-16 shooting (1-6 from three). Harden was clearly in pain most of the game after he tweaked his back and it likely played a big role in his subpar game. Patrick Beverley had to leave the game in the first half with a rib injury. Beverley finished with just 5 points in 10 minutes of play.
The Rockets bench continues to be a big part of this team. Jeremy Lin finished with just under 29 minutes of play and had a big performance following Beverley’s injury. Lin had 16 points and 2 assists on 5-7 shooting from the field including going a perfect 2-2 from three-point range. Francisco Garcia was on fire and was the Rockets main scorer in the first half. His five three-pointers gave the Rockets the edge throughout the game.
The Rockets stay in Houston to face the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night at 7:00 PM. You can catch all the action on CSN Houston.
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