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Jeremy Lin: Linsanity Won't Be Enough for Houston Rockets to Make Postseason

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden on March 20, 2012 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 29, 2012

Jeremy Lin will bring great energy, enthusiasm, spark, headlines, explosiveness, worldwide attention and many more attributes to the table for the Houston Rockets.

But there is one thing he won't bring: a 2012-13 playoff berth.

Here are three reasons why.

 

Losing Luis Scola

Losing Luis Scola and adding Omer Asik is a move that will severely damage the Rockets' chances this season.

Scola was a perfect fit in Houston as a big body who could maneuver around in the paint. His scoring touch on the block was something marveled in the Rockets' system.

Asik is a different player. He's a player who will give you extra grit and fight. He's not a player who can score 15 to 18 points per night like Scola is capable of doing.

Scola is a better rebounder, better offensive weapon and he's a better basketball player. This was a decision that will hurt Houston this year.

 

Jeremy Lin is still young

Lin is still 23 (will be 24 this season). His growing pains will only continue as he continues to get accustomed to the NBA's size, strength and athleticism.

Turning the ball over was an issue this past season for him (3.6 per game). That issue won't just disappear after one season. In fact, on a young team with less weapons, Lin will probably have the same issue this season.

Lin will most likely improve this year, but he's still going to force the issue given his inexperience.

 

Jeremy Lin might try to do too much

Going off of Lin being young, the 23-year-old superstar might try to do too much in his debut year for the Rockets.

Knowing that the roster is weaker and that he's the main weapon, Lin will look to score the basketball like he did early on with the Knicks.

Against the Western Conference teams, that might not be the best recipe for success.

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