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5 Houston Rockets Who Must Step Up in the Season's Second Half

Vinny HardyCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2013

5 Houston Rockets Who Must Step Up in the Season's Second Half

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    Given the way things have gone of late for the Houston Rockets, this could be answered in a word.

    Let's not do that. This is part of the growing pains of youth.

    The surprising thing is the length of streaks, good or bad. Houston hasn't won two, lost three and then won three.

    Before their 100-94 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 21 they had lost seven games in a row.

    Prior to that they had won 10 of 12. Go figure.

    Obviously, every guy could step up. Here are five.

Patrick Patterson

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    Patrick Patterson has really had a difficult time of it lately.

    After going scoreless in has last outing against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, his average has now fallen to 10.8 points per game.

    In his last eight games he has scored a grand total of 34 points, or 4.3 points per game. That's not going to cut it.

    Patterson isn't the only one, Jonathan Fiegen of the The Houston Chronicle lets us know that Kevin McHale is ready to see someone, anyone, fill this power forward role properly.

Carlos Delfino

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    Carlos Delfino has done a better job scoring the ball of late. He has been in double figures in seven of the last 11 games.

    It definitely hurts when he doesn't reach double digits. Given the way Houston struggles defensively, Delfino and everyone else needs to bring their full offensive arsenal to the shootout every night.

    He should imagine he's playing his former team, the Milwaukee Bucks, every game. He dropped 22 on them back on Jan. 4.

Marcus Morris

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    Again focus has to be placed on the forward position. The struggles there have been glaring. 

    Marcus Morris has struggled just like everyone else. When engulfed in a seven-game losing streak this is what happens.

    Morris, Patterson or someone has to bring it from the power forward spot. In Houston's streak-busting win over the Charlotte Bobcats Morris was the man.

    He had 21 big points as the Rockets scrapped and clawed their way to a win that currently put them in sole possession of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

Jeremy Lin

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    Jeremy Lin has continued to keep at it this season. His first season in Houston didn't start with the bang most anticipated.

    However, he's working his way into a solid season this year. He knows it hasn't been All-Star-caliber, and he's right.

    Lin just needs to keep grinding. Keeping his turnovers down, and his field-goal percentage up (currently 42 percent) will help him finish strong in the second half of the season.

Omer Asik

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    Omer Asik has been great for the Houston Rockets. He's made everyone forget all of the Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum talk that was so prevalent over the summer.

    We knew he was raw offensively, he still is. So his 10.3 points per game has been a pleasant surprise. To say he could step his game up may seem like we're nitpicking, but not really.

    Look how much more damage he could do on the offensive end if he handled passes a little more cleanly. Once he improves hands, it could lead to more easy buckets.

    When he does get the ball, he just needs to go up strong and slam it as the video shows. Forget the layups.

    All of this will come with time. What he lacks in pure athleticism, he makes up for in sheer determination and work ethic.

     

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