Week 2 Report Card Grades for Every Houston Rockets Player
They went from being on the verge of getting run out of the Toyota Center early on, to battling back to having the Heat on the ropes, to letting it slip away in the final minutes.
These are the lessons, the tough lessons, that will help them transition from a young team to a young contending team in the future.
Now for the grades.
Not much happening this week for Aldrich. His minutes have gone down, as have his numbers.
He has to just keep trying to do what he can, when he can.
Omer Asik had a really strong week. He continues to be his usual self on the glass.
Now his offensive contributions are coming around. He has scored in double figures in four straight games now.
He dropped a career-high 19 points on the defending champion Miami Heat. His 11 made free throws was also a career high.
Carlos Delfino has been in a little bit of a slump compared to his first week with the Houston Rockets.
He's still versatile and crafty and will no doubt get things back on track again. No better place to start than the next game against the New Orleans Hornets.
Toney Douglas has played better. He knocked down his first three-pointer of the season in the Houston Rockets' second meeting with the Detroit Pistons.
He also cracked double figures for the first time and played a season high 21 minutes in that game as well.
His four assists in 14 minutes against the Miami Heat was nice to see.
The bearded one has come down to earth a bit from the white hot start he got off to begin the season.
No one expected him to keep that up, although it would have been nice to see him go a little quicker, making his move at the end of the game against the Miami Heat.
He has still been solid and is still relieving a lot of pressure that would otherwise be on the offense.
Just imagine how tough things would be if he wasn't a Houston Rocket.
Jones, the young rookie out of Kentucky, finally got some regular season NBA minutes when the Detroit Pistons visited Houston.
In a quarter's worth of action he tallied five points and two blocks while making both of his free throws and hitting his first three-pointer.
Good to see him get his feet wet.
Jeremy Lin has hit a little rough patch as well right now. He's shooting .333 from the field in his last two games. He's still doing a good job of keeping his turnovers down.
Everyone shoots air balls, the timing of the air ball is what makes them stand out.
To date, this is the biggest stage Lin has been on since he joined the Houston Rockets. A wide open look against the defending champs late in the game is a big stage.
He's catching and will continue to catch heat for this, but it will soon fade in time.
Marcus Morris continues to maintain. He's keeping things consistent with the way he started the season.
He has even hit the boards a little harder than he did last week. Always nice to see this from the small forward position.
When Chandler Parsons sees the Miami Heat uniform he automatically goes into the zone.
He had a career high 23 points against the Heat near the end of last season. He picked up where he left off and set a new career high with 25 against them this year.
You could see this coming, he had been just a little off track but on the verge of breaking out. Seems like it took him a little while longer to adjust to Harden's arrival, like he was trying to pick his spots and find his place in the flow.
He's finding it.
Patrick Patterson continues to be solid. He has the potential to be a consistent double-double guy.
He was one rebound away against the Miami Heat, and will only get better. He will continue to bring that workmanlike lunch-pail attitude every night.
Greg Smith has played in two games this season. Both times he has stepped on the court has been against the Detroit Pistons.
He's probably anxious to mix it up against a different squad. He played well in limited minutes in both games, hitting every shot he took in the first game, and dropping four dimes in the second.
Impressive for a big man.
Daequan Cook did get some limited run this week. It wasn't much to speak of and there are no photos of him as a Rocket.
This week's incomplete cards: Scott Machado, Royce White, and Donatas Motiejunas since he played only sparingly.