Calling all Houston Rockets fans — did you see the debacle of game this past Saturday night against the San Antonio Spurs?
I’m pretty sure you did.
And I’m pretty sure that you don’t want to talk about it either.
Hell, I sure don’t.
It was the equivalent of the feeling of hearing the horrible sound of nails on a chalkboard but with no ending to it.
With each point that the Spurs scored to widen their gap between the Rockets, it was as if that terrible sound seem to relapse once again to torture my well-being.
The culmination was, of course, when the final buzzer sounded but the damage had already been done and the Rockets were once again on the short end of the stick.
But I tell you what.
There’s somebody that has actually been a bright spot for the Rockets as of late.
I’m talking about Ty Lawson.
Yes, Ty seems to be either on a mission to get his play back to respectability or wants to increase his value so he can get the hell out of here.
I’m sure both are applicable somewhat but I’m just glad the things that he’s doing are benefiting the team in some way.
People are taking notice too.
In fact, the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen wrote last week that had been averaging 10.3 points and 4.3 assists in 25.4 minutes per game in the four games after his two-game suspension stemming from the verdict of his DUI charge from last year.
Since then though, he has trailed off a tad although productive, averaging 5.5 points and 5.0 assists in 17.0 minutes per game as of late.
Here’s what Ty told Feigen about the method to his madness of production:
“Just being aggressive, getting to the basket, shooting my pull-up mid-range,” Lawson said. “I think that’s making it a little easier.”
But J.B. Bickerstaff is taking notice too and he also provided his two cents:
“He’s starting to find his rhythm,” Bickerstaff said. “You can see some of the shots that he’s taking. Those are the shots he’s taken in the past when he’s confident. Those are plays and shots he was taking in Denver when he was playing at his peak. Early in the season, he was hesitant to take those shots. Now, he’s taken the gloves off a little bit he’s freed himself to play the way he played in the past when he’s been successful.”
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But numbers never lie.
His current numbers are proving that if he is given the minutes, he’ll produce to the effect of doing what he can to help the team win.
An increase in minutes could certainly correlate to a higher level of production if given the opportunity.
So that begs an interesting question.
If his ascent in production continues, should he be given the opportunity to start once again?
In short, absolutely.
Lawson is a point guard in every sense of the word and can be a capable, efficient floor-general and facilitator.
I know I’ve been hard on Ty at times this season but I think he was in a really dark place in the early goings of the season.
It’s delightful to at least witness that he’s seeing the light out of the dark, dim tunnel that he once was in.
And for that, I’m glad.
Will it happen?
It remains to be seen but I think Bickerstaff should at least consider it once again.
Yes, it will cause some friction with Patrick Beverley but he’ll just have to deal with it because I still feel that a fully functional Ty will pay huge dividends for this team.
We’ll have to see.