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Behind Lin and Harden, many of the Rockets players are operating under the radar. This team is filled with role players, Parsons and Asik included. These role players have to get the job done down the stretch.
Power forwards Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris have struggled over the recent seven-game skid, causing coach Kevin McHale to go with the hot hand any given night.
Morris totaled 21 points yesterday and added eight rebounds in 33 minutes, which should boost his confidence after three games with limited minutes and poor performances.
Patterson has played well overall, starting 25 of the 34 games he’s appeared in. He missed seven games in mid-December due to a bruised right foot, but he has proved to be a valuable asset for this team. He has 40 assists and 157 rebounds while shooting .491 from the field this season.
If these guys can't turn it around quick, don't be surprised to see a trade in Houston. Rumors have been popping up that Zach Randolph is linked to Houston, which would give the Rockets a veteran presence in their young lineup.
It will be interesting to see whether the Rockets look to improve their team at the deadline or run with what they have.
Carlos Delfino is one of the better Rockets bench players. He has scored in double figures five of the last six games, due in part to his hot hand beyond the arc. Delfino is heating up and getting healthy at the right time (he missed seven games in November and two at the end of December), and he is primed to have a solid second half.
If they get contributions from a wide variety of the roster, Houston will set themselves up for a nice playoff run. Once the Rockets get back on track, everything will start clicking. We've seen how dangerous this team can be.
They are a very young team and could be a couple years away from a serious championship run, but they need their role players to do their jobs and must utilize Lin’s ability to run the point in order to spark a playoff push.