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Overall Grade: B+
Jeremy Lin is finally looking comfortable with the Houston Rockets.
From a production standpoint, Lin deserves an A. He posted his fourth double-double of the season, putting up 15 points and 11 assists.
Lin would track down an additional six rebounds, two steals and one block.
He'd also commit just two turnovers and connected on all four of his free throw attempts.
While James Harden may steal the headlines, it was Lin who deserves recognition. His +/- of plus-18 speaks volumes to what Lin was able to achieve.
Now let's talk facts.
Six of Lin's 11 assists came with the game out of reach during the fourth quarter. 11 of his 15 points came during the first half.
In fact, Harden had more assists than Lin through three quarters.
This is not to sell Lin's efforts short, but instead to continue my objective critiques.
Lin remains inconsistent with his level of aggression. This is not to state that he is incapable of reaching the proper pace, but Lin appears uneasy with "stepping on toes."
Until he provides a more consistent effort in dictating the pace of the game, my grading will be harsh. Not because of bias, but because he should be doing more.
In time, he'll show that.