Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors: Postgame Grades, Analysis for Houston
In the first half, the Rockets scored 31 points on 19.6 percent shooting, which, without checking, is undoubtedly their worst start to a game this season. The Rockets didn't hit their first three-pointer until there was about six minutes left in the first half, which is extremely rare for them.
In the third quarter, behind some key baskets by Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons, and, of course, James Harden, the Rockets turned a 20-plus point deficit into a manageable basketball game. But in the end, the Warriors just wouldn't miss from behind the three-point line.
Point Guard: Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin started the game using an Omer Asik screen to get free for an open jumper. This is notable because the Rockets basically didn't hit any more jump shots in the first half, until Lin knocked down their first three-pointer with just over six minutes left in the second quarter.
He was fantastic in the third quarter, making shots from all over the court and attacking the rim with pace. He was Houston's main catalyst in helping bring the Rockets back from a 23-point deficit. He finished with 21 points on just 13 shots.
Shooting Guard: James Harden
The Rockets started extremely slow on offense, but little of that should be attributed to Harden, who hit a beautiful runner after absorbing contract, and attacked the paint every chance he got.
Harden helped spark a run that would've been a huge boost for Houston's season in the third quarter, but it wasn't enough.
He finished the game 6-of-16 from the floor, attempting just six free throws (making them all) and finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 40 minutes of action.
Small Forward: Chandler Parsons
Parsons struggled offensively early on, just like everyone else on the team, but he flashed some very solid playmaking ability, setting up Greg Smith for a dunk after breaking down the defense.
His shot never quite caught up, though, and throughout the game, he was hesitant in pulling up for wide-open shots from behind the three-point line, which is probably what his team needed the most.
Parsons finished the game 2-of-13 from the floor, including 1-of-6 from the three-point line, scoring just nine points in 36 minutes.
Power Forward: Donatas Motiejunas
For his opening nine minutes, Motiejunas went 0-of-6 from the floor, getting his last shot at the rim swatted away by Andrew Bogut. Not the best start for the rookie.
And it didn't get any better from there. He finished the game 2-of-11 from the floor, missing all four of his three-pointers and looking hesitant to shoot as the game went on.
He also had just three rebounds in 20 minutes of action, allowing David Lee to have his way on the offensive end to boot.
Center: Omer Asik
Asik was a non-factor on the offensive end, attempting only five shots, but making three of them. His stout defensive play was overshadowed by the brilliance of his direct competition, Andrew Bogut, who was arguably the player of the game with the way he controlled Golden State's rim.
Asik had three blocks.
Sixth Man: Thomas Robinson
Robinson entered the game late in the first quarter and immediately made an impact on the glass, grabbing three rebounds in a minute. Unfortunately, he was also called for traveling after missing a wide-open dunk and drew an unnecessary shot-clock violation just a few moments later.
He was quickly subbed out and failed to make an impact the rest of the way, finishing with zero points in five minutes.
Houston's bench was quiet throughout this entire game, until Carlos Delfino hit a pair of three-pointers a few minutes into the fourth quarter. It helped cut the Warriors lead to as low as 11. He also drew a rare and-1 on a nifty left-handed layup.
Greg Smith had a relative impact on the inside, but only on the offensive end. And even there, he was hardly a game-changing presence.
It ended up as a desperate attempt to get his struggling offense going, but Kevin McHale inserted Aaron Brooks beside James Harden and Jeremy Lin early on in this one. Brooks failed to score or register an assist in just five minutes of action.