G01 HOU@LAL Game Thread + Chat

Brent’s POST GAME take

  • Lin did good overall in this game. Looked really bad in the 1st 6 minutes. Finally the team started to click during Lin’s second stint. But he was finding balances on the fly. The 2 drives were very tactical, it just did not work in his favor.
  • Kobe asserted himself too much, he has to let his young teammates grow IMO. Just play like a dummy SG for a few game won’t hurt, will it?
  • The whole offensive system was broken in general. Too many moves that were without the purposes. HOU actually came prepared defensively.
  • I personally do not agree the point of “for Lin to shine, he has to go to bench with Davis”. He has to find a way to work with others, especially Kobe, boozer and Hill. There is no reason to avoid doing this. Seeking instant result will only hurt this team in the long run.
  • The insertion of Henry and the longer minutes he played. I would only assume that Scott had a bigger picture and he wanted to get his personnels ready 1st.
  • 2nd unit without Lin completely collapsed. While I disagree with the idea of Lin as a bench, I do think the rotation should be designed in a way that he can lead the 2nd unit for a longer time.

Now the hype for the 1st game is over. Lin and the Co. need to focus on what they can do to improve, e.g.

  1. a better rotation pattern,
  2. cohesion,
  3. hold players accountable for their mistakes. (Price made 3 mistakes in a row, even Dave Miller was not singing his praises.)
  4. tweak lose ends one by one.
  5. starts with simple things offensively. Princeton and triangle have a steeper learning curve in general.
  6. ……….

LAL is not as weak as it seems, but it is still weak in general. Lin and yound players are this teams’ future, hence hopefully we can see improvements game by game.

All in all I will give Lin a B-…..


realdsb’s game review:

  • Lin did not do much the first half. Only attempted to drive a few times. This was mostly attributed to the Rockets containing Lin on the pick and rolls. Every time, they trapped Lin on the PNR so that he could not drive, nor could he pass to the screener. The Lakers will have to figure out how to counter that defense.
  • As I expected, even when Lin got past Beverley, he did not have open looks at the rim due to Howard. But whenever Howard sat, Lin was able to do his usual thing of driving to the rim and at least picking up the foul.
  • In Q3, with Howard mostly sitting due to foul trouble, Lin was able to get his game going and making plays all over the place: attacking frequently, and-1, dishing off the penetration, pushing the tempo in transition. Got the Lakers within single digits, but it was too late.
  • Lin’s passing/ballhandling was not good. He had 4 turnovers, I think all either from bad passes or lost the ball. Well, at least he didn’t get the ball stolen directly, Beverley had 0 steals.
  • Defensively, Lin did a good job guarding Beverley, didn’t allow him to do much. Contrast that to when Clarkson came in, Beverley immediately destroyed him with a crossover as if he were Kyrie.

 

Grade: C. Lakers have a lot of team gelling to work on. Lin may need to do more solo offense like Kobe. He only took 1 jumper. As “bad” as Lin’s game was, Price’s was even worse.

Houston: their defense was impressive, even Harden held his own when matched up against Kobe or Lin. We’ll see if it’s as good against better teams, or only looked good because it was against the Lakers.


 

Finally, the moment Lin fans have been waiting for is here.
The game will start in less than 4 hours.

Vote your best guess on Lin’s performance tonight!

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What is the JLin's stats for Game 1 Lakers vs. Rockets?
  1. How would Jeremy Lin perform in the 1st game against his old team that famously had no need for his services by promoting his jersey on Melo billboard in a failed attempt to woo Melo?
  2. How will Jeremy play against Bev? What will he do if he dribble-penetrate only to be met by Dwight Howard? Will he pass to Ed Davis for a dunk? Or will he use his floater that we have not seen in preseason yet?
  3. How will Jeremy play with Kobe as a secondary playmaker? Can he stay aggressive playing off-the-ball more?
  4. And will Lakers transition defense hold up against the barrange of 3 pt-ers? Most importantly, how will Lakers big men stop Dwight and Harden so they won’t get so many Free Throws?

Whatever it may be, we know Lin will be ready to face his old team based on his successful track record (5-0) against his old team NY Knicks during his 3 years in Houston.

What will you do to celebrate if Lin performs well? And what will you do if Lin and the Lakers manage the unlikely scenario to topple Public Enemy #1 in LA tonight , Houston Rockets?


 

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  • Jedi

    First again??

  • Jedi

    You guys are so nice to me. I will hang out here more. 5 star thread undoubtedly.

  • Jedi

    I voted for 20/8 conservatively. Actually I expect him to get closer to 30 pts as he’s motivated.
    BUT I think his TO’s will also be high today…maybe 5-6.

  • Congrats!
    Not sure how you see it so quickly but you’re a Jedi after all :]

  • Jedi

    I felt a disturbance as I was drinking my coffee to click refresh.

  • Michael

    4hrs and 10 minutes is too long to wait. Now 4 hours I can take, that 10 minutes is getting on my nerves like Nash.

  • real-dsb

    my predictions for the game:

    Lin: 15 pts, 7 ast. I think he will be able to beat Beverley off the dribble often, but there’s still
    Dwight protecting the rim, so no easy layups. Hopefully he can get a few assists to the bigs that way though. He’ll probably be guarding Beverley and do a good job. All he really has to do is not overhelp for others so that Beverley doesn’t get wide open 3s.

    Kobe: will have a tough defender on him with Ariza. I think Kobe will still get his 20-25 pts, but maybe with a lower FG% like 40%.

    Wes Johnson: if Harden guards Wes, then I think Wes scores 20+ pts.

    Harden: he’ll do his usual thing, 25 pts, 10 FTs.

    Final score: Rockets by 10 (100-90).

  • real-dsb

    tonight’s game should be live streamed on TNT Overtime, right?

    http://www.nba.com/tntovertime/

  • Michael

    I just hope today is one of the nights where the Rockets start clanking 3’s like crazy and Harden goes into revolving door mode, then Harden starts yelling at Canaan, and Dwight starts pouting at Harden, and McHale’s hair starts itching…Maybe not a very decent attitude for a basketball fan, but hey I’m just doing my job.

  • real-dsb

    some Rockets fans think that Beverley will pick Lin’s pockets often, expecting 4 steals.

  • Lam

    Worst, Beverley might accidentally injure Lin to prove that his number one PG status over Lin at Houston is no fluke.

  • IMO #1 key to the game is “ATTACK Harden”

    Harden’s offense is the key so Kobe, Lin, Wes, Boozer, Hill need to attack him relentlessly.
    We saw how flabbergasted he was in the POR series.

    Harden’s offense will malfunction in no time

  • wu kong

    getting ready to head to the game. I am so excited. I’ve been having a blast in LA and trying to keep up with all the news.

    I have just been fuming over all the SAME OLD EXCUSES about JLin start or bench. Losing his starting job to PBev, Ronnie price earning the starting position, the second unit needs him as a spark Blah blah blah… Even Magic Johnson tweeting about JLin eing a starter and still the false narratives about him continue.

    I was getting so mad and then boom! I notice that JLin was coming into the game and Ronnie Price was leaving. Lord knows I do not wish injury on anyone but maybe just maybe someone sent a gentle nudge from on high… just a slight non career ending injury nudge. So thank you JLin’s Guardian angel… could I ask for something similar for JH and PBev?!?! A stomach flu would due. 😉 I kid… I kid

    So tonight I get to see JLin start. I hope to see a happy healthy JLin just being fierce and free and playing with all the joy and energy I can send him.

    I will try to tweet somethings out during the game. I promise to write up as detailed a ‘report’ as possible. I have a good camera with me some good video and pics of game will have to wait for me to return home.

    Go JLin!

    Follow me on twitter: JLinArticles&Facts @jlarticlesfacts

    http://jlinarticlesandfacts.proboards.com/post/3774/thread

  • @wu kong, I wish you would see the best JLin game ever 🙂
    Don’t forget to take notes on your observation since there are so many things going on during the game. I’ll do the same on Tuesday vs the Suns

    Have fun and keep Linning! 😀

  • Michael

    What! You too. Congratulations! and don’t forget to throw popcorn at McHale….

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Thanks wu kong in advance. Can’t wait for your report. Pray that JLin will play well and stay healthy.

  • Spot

    key of the match, and the lakers season for me, is to find the right balance between Jeremy and Kobe. When it’s time to iso-kobe with Jeremy on bench and when it’s time to play unselfishly with Kobe on bench. If the Lakers can find this soon, if Kobe do want to share the ball AND the spotlight, who knows what can happen?

    My impression is no NBA team can stop a backcourt with Jeremy and Kobe. That would mean players like Harden, Irving, Chris Paul should play defence. And few players can stop Jeremy’s first step. But it’s up to Kobe now.

    Let’s see what happens. Go Jeremy!!!

  • real-dsb

    “My impression is no NBA team can stop a backcourt with Jeremy and Kobe.
    That would mean players like Harden, Irving, Chris Paul should play
    defence.”

    No, the Rockets simply have their PG and SF guard the opposing team’s best 2 smalls. Harden will watch guard Wes Johnson instead.

  • “Lord, I don’t ask for much .. if you’re willing, maybe give me a reason to replace my 3D profile picture with a new one? Amen” ;-}

  • real-dsb

    have an awesome time!

  • real-dsb

    sure, no problem. 4D or triple-20?

  • Triple-20 ,, plus Kobe putting his jersey on Lin at the end of the game to pick his next heir, please :]

    and since when you take ownership of real-dsb’s disqus account if you don’t mind me asking, Lord? 😛 That’s perfectly fine with me BTW

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    You are Linsane @psalm234:disqus

  • real-dsb

    It was me all along, you didn’t recognize me?

    BTW, you need to change your handle, there is no Psalm 2:34.

  • blubell

    Ouch… Too soon. Lol.

  • blubell

    But there is 23:4 😉

  • #kaboom phew .. that lightning was close :]
    there’s many permutations of 234 lol … 23:4 or 2:3-4

  • real-dsb

    This just happened an hour ago (NASA unmanned rocket). Feel free to interpret the symbolism as you like.

  • yep, the Linning feeling is uncontainable :]
    Dodged that lightning though haha..

  • LOL “Houston, we have a problem!”

    But wow .. it was delayed yesterday due to a presence of stray boat on the sea (or Lake)
    That’s a lot of money there. Good thing it was unmanned

  • and this is the content. quite the irony

    https://twitter.com/motherboard/status/527235620578787328

  • Arsenium12 .

    Someone’s going to be happy tonight:
    ________

    https://twitter.com/Lakers/status/527243984650108930

  • AJRafael wished his buddy JLin the best

    https://twitter.com/Librafree/status/527244236186324993

  • real-dsb

    yeah, Lin loves freebies.

    I think last year after a Rockets/Warriors game, Lin was spotted a Carl’s Jr. They had given out free Carl’s Jr coupons to fans, so the assumption was that Lin couldn’t pass up a free meal.

  • It’s “Scott-free”!

  • real-dsb

    preview by CBS Sports NBA writer Matt Moore:
    http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24771686/5-things-to-watch-rockets-lakers-cap-opening-night


    4. Former Teammates On Point: Patrick Beverley has a hard time scoring but is a monster defender. Jeremy Lin can get blown by but has a great ability to get to the rim. Beverley wound up taking the starting job from Lin last season after Lin returned from injury. Now, Lin’s LA’s only hope at point. Behind him, it’s two-guard Jordan Clarkson. That’s it. So Lin’s going to need to produce in his minutes on the floor vs. a very tough defender who has no concern in his heart for whether his opponent is injured. Beverley’s not as dirty as he’s made out to be, he just plays to the bone on every possession. It’s how he’s scrapped out a spot in this league. How these two matchup will be quite the storyline.

    5. Harden Refocused: Can James harden get back to the guy who was an MVP candidate? Can he stop playing only to draw the foul and try and hit the shot after contact? Can he try on defense?

  • I really think Lin will get the best of Bev because Lin has played against him so many times in practice.

    Lin is the type of smart player who quickly learns the opponents tendency so he won’t repeat the same mistakes many times. If anything, Lin will get Bev in foul trouble

  • sorry jk .. too excited before the game :]

  • Brent Yen

    Have you tried to keep up with all the food? lol

  • Brent Yen

    Unrelated, MAVS’ defense looks airtight….very impressive.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    wu kong/Gwen being interviewed. Awesome!

    @JLin7 interview by ETTV!!! pic.twitter.com/UjATM1yBMp

  • Dorothy

    I thought Wu Kong was a chinese 🙂

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Nop! 🙂

  • real-dsb

    no way, for real?!!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    wu kong/Gwen selfie.

    @JLin7 yellow it is! Headed to get in line. pic.twitter.com/iP5p228HPA

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOL It’s the PROOF! Her friend took the pic I believe:-) So proud of her!!!

  • Brent Yen

    not “was” for sure…….:P

  • Brent Yen

    yes real

  • real-dsb

    which station? I bet they’re like, wait you’re Wu Kong from the Lin fan forums?

  • Michael

    Wow.

  • real-dsb

    it’s ETTV. someone get a video clip from it afterwards!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yet to hear from Joyce. Hopefully soon.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOL I’m more excited to hear from fans that are going to the game than game itself atm:-) Odd!

  • real-dsb

    Twitter question: how come I don’t see these tweets under the main “Tweets” https://twitter.com/JLArticlesFacts page? I have to go to the “Photos and Videos” page https://twitter.com/JLArticlesFacts/media .

  • real-dsb

    for a while, I assumed Wu Kong was a Chinese young man. LOL

  • Arsenium12 .
  • real-dsb

    Ouch, at the half, Parsons has 2 pt, 1-5 fg, 0 ast, 1 TO. 8 of his teammates (who are all paid less than him) have more points than him.

  • real-dsb

    make that 1-6 fg now.

    (for the record, I’m not a Parsons hater. In fact I the lone Lin fan who likes Parsons. Just thought this was amusing).

  • real-dsb
  • Brent Yen

    He just can not buy a shot…..poor guy

  • Michael

    Ariza is better.

  • real-dsb

    Okay, it has something to do with that it is a Reply, not a regular Tweet. Nothing to do with being a picture. https://twitter.com/JLArticlesFacts/with_replies

    But I’m not sure why it is considered a reply.

  • Arsenium12 .
  • real-dsb

    “just met fan from jlinGarden. Small wonderful world !”

    makes it sound like she met a Wu Kong fan. LOL!

    https://twitter.com/JLArticlesFacts/status/527273074228748290

  • real-dsb

    Finally figured it out. It was driving me crazy. If you start a tweet with “@user”, Twitter automatically considers it a Reply Tweet and does not show up in the main page. You have to go to the “Tweet & Replies” page to see them.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Mystery solved:-) Gwen met Lisa Tarng from JLin Only Garden.

    @JLArticlesFacts so excited to meet u at Staples Center, wow from Alabama pic.twitter.com/sr1EAbg3qa

  • Brent Yen

    MAV is playing the D the way like Scott wants LAL to play.

  • real-dsb

    wow, a fan from Alabama traveled to watch Lin at Staples?

  • Brent Yen

    yep…she was asking what are the good places to eat in that area for a while

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    #TripotitLIN! Jeremy is listo! http://t.co/ACLClzBzmG

  • real-dsb

    ooh, she does have a nice camera. I’m surprised they let fans carry those in.

  • real-dsb

    make that 1-7 fg.

  • Maknusia

    For some reason, the chat seems to be slower today than the normal slow, which indeed is slow as we know, but it shouldnt be this slow!

  • Maknusia

    Is he playing aggressive?

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Agree. Took over a minute before it showed up. Too slow!

  • Maknusia

    I’m still waiting for my second message to appear :(…been close to 10min now

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    WOW! Super slow for u. Subsequent of my messages weren’t as bad. Try to refresh and use it again. That was what I did.

  • Lam

    Parsons is not doing well.

  • Brent Yen

    Parsons’ athleticism is exposed. The main reason why he can never be a shot creator, hence will always be a role player.

  • Brent Yen

    Manu just schooled Parsons.

  • Are the posts as slow as the chat?

  • hm, no

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Taking the floor for warm ups. https://t.co/I992ym1LYJ

  • Lam

    I’m okay

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Posts are very good but not the chat. Very unreliable!

  • Brent Yen

    Parsons choked the last one..

  • Parsons missed the buzzer beater. Spurs held on to win 101-100

  • Brewkowski

    Parsons missed the potential game winner.

  • He need a giant Heimlich maneuver 🙂

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Getting loose. https://t.co/ljt5EGnRKO— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 29, 2014

  • blubell
  • 7iger

    have problem sign into this site

  • 7iger

    Meanwhile cp25 5pts 2-10 shooting hehe. Cuban may start to regret now.

  • Michael

    Yeah had to press refresh and wait for a while. All is good

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Soul Plane vs Rush Hour 2 RT @NBAonTNT: Coming up next! pic.twitter.com/8HfUSoRmpM

  • SamC89

    I can’t believe how hard my heart is pounding! A bit ridiculous if you think about it. It’s like I’m more nervous than Lin. Oh well. Let the games begin!

  • Arsenium12 .

    From Mike Trudell : Kobe Bryant will match John Stockton for most seasons played with one team in NBA history (19) when game starts.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    I’ma stay here for a while..

  • 7iger

    Thanks

  • LW

    Typical stats as with Houston. Cuban may be wondering now.

  • I think Chat is affecting website performance. I’m going to disable it

  • Michael

    Yours is the last message I saw in the chat box. I think it’s working too hard

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Jeremy will stomp Bev. Davis will embarrass Dwight…book it! lol

  • Brent Yen

    The whole site is slow….

  • Michael

    The auto-scroll keeps doing these little dips, but no new messages are being shown.

  • Brent Yen

    Now much better

  • blubell

    Jeremy got a pretty big ovation

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Starting 5 has been announced #suitinguptogether https://t.co/ipyulOYuCn

  • Bev tried to be physical with Lin early on

  • Rockets going to Howard inside early in 2 possessions.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Some J-Davis PnR could kill this game early

  • Missed 2 FTs. Like a clockwork

  • Lin assist to Wes’ 3!!!! 3-2

  • IsabeliJane*17

    TAKE IT BEV! You think you won’t get called for that?!?

  • Q1 9:00 Bev fouled Lin to prevent going to the basket. 1st foul

  • 7iger

    The way Bev play he might foul out

  • Lin’s gonna take it hard to Bev

  • 7iger

    Seen like Lin still try to feel it out

  • It’s when people enter and exit Chat. I can turn it off

  • IsabeliJane*17

    There’s nothing new with this Rockets offense.

  • Lin needs to use his floaters against Howard

  • 7iger

    2 fouls for Howard already

  • Maknusia

    BScott, dont look happy

  • Michael

    Were Dwights hands straight up???

  • Q1 7:00 Howard’s 2nd foul

  • Maknusia

    Lin should minimize going to the basket…and wait for the right moment to do, meanwhile, should hit his jumpers/floaters

  • 7iger

    Lin’s attacking

  • blubell

    oh no… Jeremy with 2 fouls

  • Q1 6:28 Lin’s 2nd foul on Harden. Got pushed. He needs to be careful here

  • Maknusia

    yeah…he is way too aggressive than we wanna him to be

  • he’s a bit too excited to be aggressive. He needs to pick his spot.
    Hope he settles down a bit when he comes back

  • Brent Yen

    Very bad 6 minutes for Lin…..too bad no fouls calls for him

  • Maknusia

    yup…hope so…and getting early fouls for a PG is not good as well

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yep. What a bummer of no calls on JLin.

  • Maknusia

    No Beverly?!!! That aint fair!

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Randle could be of use,a body to ram on the inside.

  • Maknusia

    Kobe doing his mamba

  • Maknusia

    for some reason, sine preseason, LAL shots are not going in!

  • Maknusia

    good defense there

  • Brent Yen

    TJ and D12 are too big……need to drag them away..

  • Brent Yen

    Or….take mid range

  • Maknusia

    yeah…even so with once DMo comes in

  • IsabeliJane*17

    I get the feeling Jeremy is seething with irritation now…

  • Brent Yen

    I would think so

  • I am The Jason

    It would help if the Lakers space the floor

  • IsabeliJane*17

    That is if he plays…

  • Brent Yen

    How would you help?

  • Michael

    Stop trolling real Lin fans.

  • Maknusia

    he is in!!!

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Refs on Harden’s nuts….

  • I am The Jason

    had to make a correction. typing to fast

  • They can’t expect Clarkson to guard Harden. Bad move

  • Maknusia

    darn…bricking every single shot! 🙁

  • Brent Yen

    Interesting rotation by HOU

  • Maknusia

    Harden will always be harden on offensive end

  • 7iger

    Dwight back, Houston must really want this one.

  • Brent Yen

    LOL

  • Q1 2:00 McHale rested Harden and brought in Howard/Bev.
    Looks like McHale wants to stagger Harden/Howard since their bench is awful

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Some J-Davis PnR should happen now.

  • Maknusia

    foul Bev!!!!

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Bev sucks at trying to draw foul lol

  • Brent Yen

    So…the foul trend of LAL continous…

  • Maknusia

    i wont call it sucks…he did well, but gone scared when JC jumped for the basket

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Damn this game is too slow for all of those whistles..

  • 7iger

    gone scared, mean sucks.

  • Maknusia

    lol

  • 7iger

    Lakers clank all day.

  • blubell

    Thank you Davis!

  • 7iger

    In your face Bev

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Midrange game please….

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Thank you Davis!

  • Maknusia

    Houston closing out well

  • Brent Yen

    Now it’s time for coaches to come up with something

  • SamC89

    Ouch, going to be a long season…

  • Michael

    First smile of the game. and Terry Hits a 3 ORZ

  • SamC89

    Hopefully they still have their 4th quarter collapse.

  • wandertheglobe

    2nd unit looks bad

  • 7iger

    The ball going to Kobe too much, too predictable.

  • Brent Yen

    I would say he waited….1st few possession were all started with Lin.

  • SamC89

    Without Lin they really look lost. Now I might actually support Lin as the 6th man leading the 2nd unit.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Not yet for me.Rockets will try to bury you early…but will be questionable for the last quarters.

  • Brent Yen

    No one looks good excpet Davis and Clarkson and Kobe maybe

  • wandertheglobe

    may be Lin and Davis in the 2nd unit not a bad idea after all

  • SamC89

    While I’m annoyed by Lin’s foul problems, I do like that he’s trying to learn and get better at 1-on-1 defending. Hopefully this is just a learning curve.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    It doesn’t help that refs are into Harden’s nuts.

  • Brent Yen

    Will Lin bounce back!!??

  • Maknusia

    Davis is the best on the floor!

  • SamC89

    Wow, a little shocked at how bad the second unit is (except for Davis).

  • Brent Yen

    TO be fair, XH is very rusty

  • Lin can’t afford to get into foul trouble
    The bench needs him desperately

  • Maknusia

    expected

  • blubell

    finally…

  • blubell

    Davis is the best!

  • Ed Davis got around Howard for the score!

  • Maknusia

    he is beasting!

  • Brent Yen

    Only problem with Davis is he can not hold D12….not too many can

  • SamC89

    While I know Lin has 2 fouls, I’m surprised he’s not in yet.

  • Michael

    Go Ed!!

  • Brent Yen

    Scott does not trust him….so he will be in with Kobe I guess or 5 mins later

  • Dorothy

    I think Kobe came in without BS permission.

  • Maknusia

    Davis is too small for DH

  • SamC89

    Heh! I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Jeremy it’s high time you shoot 3s and that midrange.

  • Brent Yen

    Given how they have played…Lin will be around 28m and Price 36m….Just a guess

  • 7iger

    Asik 17rb/14pts/5blk, A-Davis 17rb/26pts/9blk

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Madame Jeanie in the house….

  • cali7

    Lin and Davis PnR would be nice

  • Maknusia

    hope its not a 40 point game 🙁

  • Lin needs to settle down and let the game come to him.

  • 7iger

    he seen too rush

  • k.smith

    Sounds like things aren’t going too well.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Jeremy playing the 2 & Kobe at 1????

  • SamC89

    Agreed. But I’m still hopeful because we’ve seen him bounce back from bad starts.

  • Maknusia

    not watching?

  • Brent Yen

    Just lost of trust

  • SamC89

    I’m just going to tell myself there are 81 more games ;p

  • cali7

    not surprised

  • k.smith

    not yet, at work.

  • 7iger

    He will no doubt if giving time and trust.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Whoever Harden is guarding should go off now!!

  • k.smith

    how did lin get his 2 TO’s?

  • Brent Yen

    By rushing things..

  • wandertheglobe

    Kobe is not trusting anyone at this point. Want to take matter on his own.

  • Maknusia

    cant blame him when the team shoots at 22%!

  • LW

    Lin just looks lost when he is not running the team playing with Kobe.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Some Jeremy 3s wouldn’t be bad now!!!

  • cali7

    Lin pushed Bev away on that inbound pass

  • Kobe is also forcing things barreling into Bev.
    Lakers need to trust each other

  • blubell

    nice assist!

  • 7iger

    Lin still playing too fast

  • Maknusia

    nice!

  • Q2 4:01 Nice find by Lin to a cutting Boozer! 3pt play

  • Maknusia

    and beating Harden!

  • cali7

    Bev airball

  • cali7

    and props by TNT

  • fadeway airball

  • SamC89

    Yeah, that’s their biggest problem right now. They are all playing 1-on-1 ball. No trust and team work yet.

  • Brent Yen

    KOBE being KOBE…great!

  • Maknusia

    Nice play by Kobe

  • 3 nice possessions by the Lakers

  • cali7

    We just need a couple 3s.

  • Maknusia

    Q2 been better than Q1

  • cali7

    lakers shooting 60% Q2

  • Brent Yen

    Lin just need one play……

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Jeremy outran 3 Rockets.Rockets deliberately loading up defending Kobe.Time for the open Laker to capitalize.

  • He was open for the 3 when Kobe found Wes inside. He’s ready

  • 7iger

    Kobe got bail out

  • Brent Yen

    Is Scott going to start Price in the 3rd Q?

  • cali7

    I really need to see some Lin/Davis PnR.

  • LW

    Might as well. Lin not doing anything with Kobe.

  • Maknusia

    so far…its more like individual play similar to preseason1 they havent played cohesively

  • cali7

    agreed.

  • Dorothy

    I am afraid after this game, BS is going to put Lin back to the bench 🙁

  • cali7

    Clarkson trying to defend Harden

  • Michael

    Excellent in the penalty, cut it within 10

  • Dorothy

    It is Kobe’s personal show.

  • 7iger

    Kobe time

  • cali7

    Kobe could have passed to Lin there for a 3, but knowing Kobe…

  • Brent Yen

    Now it is going into a ineffective regime of the basketbal…

  • Maknusia

    jeremy too, need to learn to move, he is playing similar to when he was in Rox….He need to realize he is not in houston anymore!

  • SamC89

    I can understand Kobe’s hesitation with passing to anyone right now, but it would really help them in the long run if he trusted Lin and his other teammates more.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Lakers no team play…

  • Michael

    He’s trying way too hard to carry it all himself.

  • Brent Yen

    That is not his fault, because Kobe called the ISO

  • cali7

    I can understand Kobe’s hesitation as well but they need to establish trust now. If not now, it’s never going to happen

  • cali7

    It’s Kobe’s default mode. It was nice seeing Spurs highlights… team play, extra passes.

  • This is not fun watching Kobe ball but he felt the need to take over the game.

    Hope Lin play more with Davis in 2nd half. I don’t like seeing Lin just standing around

  • Maknusia

    i’m not referring to that play, just in general and only taking 2 shots?

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Just like R. Instead of H and now K.

  • Maknusia

    i will give it a pass for the next 4-5 games; if they dont buckup, then its gonna be 25-30 games for the season

  • cali7

    If Lin just makes his first shot, he might settle down

  • Maknusia

    2 things need to happen, he needs to get the ball and he need to shoot the ball as well

  • BobbyH

    It is no play for Lin. Just being ineffective. This is on the coach and partially Kobe and Lin.

    Maybe there is a play here that Lin should stay top. So Lin just stays top.

    But what Scoot advocates on defense, I don’t see it on the court, On the contrary, Rox shows some decent defense.

  • Let’s hope Lin scores some points so Kobe will pass to him.
    That’s how it works with Kobe-ball

  • cali7

    I still don’t like Hill in the line-up. Davis would be better, IMO

  • 7iger

    allow 31pts each qtr =(

  • wandertheglobe

    at this pace Lakers will be lucky to win 20 games. offense looks terrible.

  • Brent Yen

    He did not have the ball after the 3rd TOV

  • Maknusia

    at least they are shooting slightly better at 36% 🙁

  • BobbyH

    He just delivered the ball. No chance to shoot. And the ref didn’t help either.

  • Maknusia

    bcoz he is not moving

  • SamC89

    If I remember correctly, Lin didn’t do that well in his first game against the Knicks. It was until the 2nd game, back on the Knicks court did he score a lot. So hopefully this is something like that ;p

  • Brent Yen

    He can bounce back at anytime….just need that one play

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Since JLin returned to the second half with the limited time I watched because of blacking off the screen and had to restart the laptop, didn’t see much of JLin touch of ball. So predictable — Kobe, Kobe, Kobe.

    If playing like this, I’d prefer JLin with second unit. No fun to watch. Kobe needs to trust and learn to sharr ball.

  • cali7

    Agreed.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    If the Lakers will be playing as a team, their only problem will be securing rebounds.

    Beverley NOT DOING ANY SQUAT with Jeremy on him. I will automatically ban people who’ll say anything nice about Bev (kidding…. lol)

  • IsabeliJane*17

    ..and COMPOSURE. I don’t see any team that has Spurs’ composure. They don’t breakdown. They stick with the plays.

  • wandertheglobe

    Scott should have spent more time working on offense.

  • BobbyH

    He is a team player. He needs the team all on the same page, including the coach. This team now, it is not a team. No cohesive effort.

  • 7iger

    Will BS put Lin in without Kobe?

  • 7iger

    Just first game and it is not yet over.

  • BobbyH

    And where is the defense, especially #4 and #5. Lakers’ big hole is the center, as evident in this game. Ed shoud a bit of sign here. But not enough.

  • Brent Yen

    Basically, what happen was the 2 blocks stopped Lin’s drives because of the no call. Then PB kind of get into his head for that 3rd TOV. Other than that…..he need the ball to figure it out

  • Might as well do that if Kobe is in Kobe-mode.
    Lin/Davis would be much more effective

  • IsabeliJane*17

    He kinda slipped on that 3rd TO

  • Brent Yen

    PB faked the steal….I think that was the reason

  • 7iger

    only 2 TO

  • Brent Yen

    oh my bad…I counted 3…did not check

  • Michael

    Piling on the negatives as usual…

  • yes, this is not HOU anymore 🙂

  • blubell

    2 fga, 2 assists, 2 TOs, 2 fouls

  • 7iger

    -12, is it a sign? hehe

  • cali7

    he is the only starter that has not scored unfortunately. but only 2 fga and we know things can turn on the second half.

  • blubell

    too bad…

  • IsabeliJane*17

    If there’s one thing the Lakers needs to learn from the champs, it’s not offense or defense it’s COMPOSURE. I haven’t seen any team that have a composure like the Spurs. They don’t/rarely crumble.

  • 7iger

    Okay, JLin we know you are the 2nd best on this team, now, it is show time.

  • blubell

    You can do it, Jeremy!

  • Brent Yen

    Good Lin starts…..

  • 7iger

    The Beard already have 9ft.

  • Michael

    It cost them a championship to get there. Not an easy thing to learn.

  • 7iger

    A sign of trust?

  • Brent Yen

    A sign of not too much distrust

  • IsabeliJane*17

    They were thisclose to the 2012-2013 championship game if not for that lucky 3 by Allen.

  • 7iger

    A few trust

  • Brent Yen

    LOL

  • 7iger

    Chance to score

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Who is Harden guarding? High time this guy tire out Harden.

  • Brent Yen

    That one play, that one play, where is it..

  • Q3 10:53 Lin managed to get fouled by Howard. 1-2FT
    But got the rebound for Boozer to get layup

  • 7iger

    1st point of the night. The curse is broken.

  • Brent Yen

    I think ROX paid the refs

  • blubell

    A “point” guard 🙂

  • cali7

    Hope Howard fouls out. That will help

  • Brent Yen

    That was obviously the tactic they tried with 2 Lin drives…

  • Good sign that Lin is trusted to make plays in the 2nd half. LAL with 6-3 run so far in Q3. 65-62

  • 7iger

    Come on close out the gap

  • 4 straight TOs for the Rox. Good sign

  • Brent Yen

    I bet scott was not happy with Kobe too

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Rockets now tiring out. GOOD..

  • 7iger

    Lots of chances to narrow the gap

  • cali7

    Garcia riding the pine

  • cali7

    Hill lacks fundamentals.

  • blubell

    Let’s shoot some FTs 🙂

  • 7iger

    He probably there for the $ now.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Come on, Scott, J-Davis PnR!!!!!

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Come on Scott, J-Davis PnR! Let these 2 guys feast it out!

  • cali7

    Scott does not seem inclined. It makes no sense. One thing we learned from pre-season is the Lin/Davis chemistry but has been absent for the entire first half and into the second.

  • blubell

    and 1!

  • 7iger

    A few alley oops would bring some energy.

  • And-1!!
    Lin with dribble penetration fouled by TJones!
    YEAAHHH 55-66

  • 7iger

    Blow by Bev the “elite” def

  • Brent Yen

    that one play….have not seen it yet

  • Dorothy

    Go Lin

  • Michael

    Where?

  • cali7

    Would definitely build some momentum

  • Brent Yen

    THis one is! I think he needs one play that he felt he gets the control back.

  • Lin to Boozer!!! YEAHHH 57-66

    LINNING!!!

  • blubell

    Jeremy making plays!

  • 7iger

    Yes, Lin is back!

  • Good nap, Bro!!

  • Dorothy

    Wow, Good for Lin. Lin is back!!!!!

  • wandertheglobe

    let’s go Jeremy!

  • Brent Yen

    Only making shots does not count

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Boozer knows WHERE to anticipate J’s pass…

  • When the ball is in Lin’s hand, good things happen!

  • 7iger

    Tiger fan

  • Dorothy

    Lin should be the PG, not Kobe.

  • Brent Yen

    LOL I am talking about physc…

  • cali7

    “Lin has lit the fuse” – whoever the other guy is (not Reggie MIller)

  • blubell

    This is beautiful, we just need Lin/Davis PnR now.

  • Michael

    Notice how 4 Rockets are collapsing on Lin.

  • Only 4:15 into the 3rd quarter, Lakers made 12-4 run with Lin being the playmaker!
    Cut HOU lead down to 9 pts. 57-66!

  • Maknusia

    Yeah baby!!!!

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Now it’s the time the Lakers capitalize on Rockets loading up on Jeremy on defense…

    Now is the time for Kobe to feast on scoring…

  • 7iger

    I mean you are my fan

  • cali7

    Put davis in for hill and it’ll be even better

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Sit down Hill now and put in Davis!

  • 7iger

    Seen like they let Lin run the offense now

  • Lin penetrating the heart of HOU defense like a skilled surgeon

  • 7iger

    Kobe playing soccer

  • IsabeliJane*17

    ..and breaking their heart..

  • 7iger

    Don’t be heart surgeon be a heart breaker

  • 7iger

    Oh no, Kobe try to show Har_en

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Rockets are CRUMBLING. Simple Pnr would kill these guys.

  • Dorothy

    David in!!!

  • Brent Yen

    TOP of the key pull up 3….worst of Lin’s shot…and he took it…great!

  • 7iger

    Davis is in

  • Harden trying to attack the baskets to increase the lead again

  • IsabeliJane*17

    They’re CRUMBLING

  • Price and Lin backcourt now

  • Maknusia

    Ronnie Price!!!!

  • Good 3 by Price

  • cali7

    Interesting!

  • Michael

    Isn’t that the longest 3? (This conversation looks strangely familiar)

  • 7iger

    OMG! last second pass too Hare_n

  • blubell

    Jeremy to Davis 🙂

  • Maknusia

    good pass from Lin

  • 7iger

    Lin to David, yeah

  • Maknusia

    shouldnt let Rox to get comfortable with 3s!

  • cali7

    Effortless chemistry

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Time to fully attack Rockets offense. They’re crumbling!

  • 7iger

    As soon as David jump in the court

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Randle – awful FTs..

  • Randle is having stage-fright out there.
    2 missed FTs and 3-second violation

  • 7iger

    Lakers team def look awful

  • Maknusia

    first NBA!

  • yeah…

  • Maknusia

    slowly getting there (better)

  • blubell

    Let’s give the teenager a break…

  • 7iger

    come on Lin

  • Maknusia

    nice to see harden runs back on defense…some change…i guess 😉

  • 7iger

    14 ft attempt for the bear_ already

  • wandertheglobe

    is jack ma sitting near the lakers bench?

  • 7iger

    the ref kissing hare_n azz

  • Maknusia

    hesitating move

  • Maknusia

    overall LAL played better on Q3

  • 7iger

    At least they outscore Rox by 1 pt

  • Maknusia

    thats how its gonna be thru out the season

  • blubell

    Let’s go Mr. 4th Q!

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Wouldn’t last. I give it until end of November.

  • The problem is they don’t have anyone strong enough to take it to Harden in defense.
    This will be a tough climb since Lakers can’t score enough

  • Lin needs to go a little Kobe when he’s open.
    Lakers needs some scoring punch

  • Maknusia

    yeah…except for the closing Rox did well

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Refs all over Harden’s nuts. Must be a change for him since he’s practically a nobody in FIBA.

  • 7iger

    You mean till the beginning of Nov? =)

  • Lin and Kobe are resting on the bench to start the 4th quarter.
    Hope Lin come in around 8th min

  • 7iger

    Fk, I didn’t realize that I was listen to the 3 stooges all along.

  • blubell

    I guess Jeremy and Kobe will finish

  • blubell

    What is wrong with you? lol

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Rockets STILL a first round exit.

  • blubell

    and will always be…

  • 7iger

    Watch free online using xbmc so just watch any thing that broadcast.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    They STILL wouldn’t make it against teams with good perimeter defense.

  • Lakers bench is … *speechless*

  • 7iger

    The lead is wider 🙁

  • blubell

    Fans are getting restless.

  • 7iger

    Time to mute the 3 stooges

  • cali7

    This is one reason why I can see why they need someone like Lin to be with the second unit. Without him…

  • Brent Yen

    Kobe is done I think.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Rockets know nothing on offense except shoot 3s. First round exit AGAIN.

  • Maknusia

    i;m not going to dispute that! lol

  • cali7

    Good to see Henry back but rusty

  • yeah.. very sad.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Fine, mid-November. haha

  • 7iger

    Was wondering why these announcers keep kissing Har_en and Bev azzes then realize I was watch the rox broadcast.

  • Lin is back in with 9:42. Lead has ballooned to 21 pt. 91-70

  • cali7

    What is Lin supposed to do with that. Miracles apparently

  • 7iger

    Almost 3 straight tO

  • Maknusia

    TOs are piling up

  • Lin to Boozer midrange.
    8.5 min drought of LAL not scoring.

  • Brent Yen

    Scott did not give up…this is weird

  • blubell

    Lin/Boozer working tonight.

  • Brent Yen

    Price being a vet made 3 errors in a row…was ridiculous

  • Another Lin’s assist to Boozer in transition
    6th assist. 74-98

  • cali7

    Davis with 5 fouls

  • cali7

    Kobe and Howard having some words. Howard with elbow

  • 7iger

    Good fake by Boozer but too bad he didn’t make it in.

  • Brent Yen

    Need to sit down Kobe

  • Brent Yen

    Vet move

  • Howard and Kobe getting double T.
    Howard swinging elbow close to Kobe’s face. Twice connected?

  • Maknusia

    i thought this would come earlier in the game but not this late 😉

  • blubell

    There was contact.

  • That’s definitely intentional on Howard’s part. Esp. the 2nd one

  • cali7

    It connected with Kobe’s nose

  • Jeremy Harden

    hey guys new here lets enjoy the game!

  • cali7

    Flagrant 1 on Howard, personal on Kobe and then double technical

  • k.smith

    thanks clutch.

  • Dorothy

    Mod: Please ban Jeremy Harden, he is the troll from the other site

  • cali7

    LOL good catch

  • webattorney

    This is why I don’t go to Lakers games. They just are not good, as you have seen. Will have a tough time winning more than 25 games.

  • Maknusia

    yeah we acknowledge…giving him a clean sheet for now and see how he behaves

  • Maknusia

    welcome….we are enjoying the game indeed

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Blacklisted him. I need to know how my moderating functions.

  • Dorothy

    fair

  • cali7

    Davis is out, why?

  • 7iger

    The first troll found his way here.

  • k.smith

    Caught the game from end of 3rd qtr.

    This is who Lin is.

  • Maknusia

    thats not needed…until he trolls

  • Maknusia

    PFoul

  • cali7

    At this point, you can leave him in. Then bring Sacre in

  • blubell

    5 fouls

  • IsabeliJane*17

    It worked!!!!

  • Maknusia

    randle with ankle…sigh

  • cali7

    Randle appears injured

  • blubell

    More injuries.. sigh…

  • Brent Yen

    I thought he fouled out

  • cali7

    The game unraveled with the Lakers bench end of Q3

  • that’s not good at all. Why do Lakers get so many injuries? *sigh*

  • Maknusia

    we are already depleted…gonna be tough season keeping he roster

  • 7iger

    Just saying that he is a known troll on the other site found his way here.

  • Maknusia

    Q4 been bad so far…oh well…1st game

  • Dorothy

    my goodness, Randle.

  • Brent Yen

    I did not see any twist…I think it is something more serious

  • Michael

    Looked like he kicked his own foot.

  • It looks like Lin really has to lead the 2nd team … and 1st team.

  • Brent Yen

    TOP 7th pick just out

  • 7iger

    Sucks, Lakers curse with injury bug.

  • Brent Yen

    exactly

  • Did they say ‘Achilles Heel’ about Randle? .. argggh

  • Clone Lin

  • Maknusia

    and 3rd as well

  • Maknusia

    we still need to wait for another 26 yrs for the clone to grow up!

  • blubell

    This is so unfortunate.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Injury bug, really? Why pick on the Lakers??
    Boozer actually looked good with Jeremy feeding on him.

  • blubell

    Randle will need lots of support. This will be tough on him… being so young.

  • Maknusia

    they know some injury bug like Randle would happen..tough man!

  • Brent Yen

    Good move to sit Lin now.

  • blubell

    Yeah, garbage time.

  • 7iger

    I guess Lin is done for the night

  • LAL starters rest after Randle’s injury. Not worth risking injuries in a blowout

  • k.smith

    Lin with the worst +/- in the starting unit. I want to hear people talk about this. I only hear +/- when it benefits Lin and now it doesn’t.

  • Maknusia
  • IsabeliJane*17

    R.Kelly, please come back…. Henry looks rusty.

  • Brent Yen

    I always said +/- is garbage….+ or –

  • blubell

    especially with back to back

  • k.smith

    Kelly isn’t that much better than Henry, if at all.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    I don’t care about +/- really.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Let them shake off the rust and have someone set them plays.

  • k.smith

    It is but so many Lin fans talk about it.

  • Maknusia

    Now its gonna be interesting (or less) to see how they fair back to back, furthermore with so much injuries

  • IsabeliJane*17

    We don’t need to go to the games to actually know that.

  • Maknusia

    not here..Davis was one of the best for LAL today but he had -20

  • Brent Yen

    Henry was very good last yr

  • k.smith

    Phoenix is fast. They’re going to run LA into circles. I expect another loss but the score will be closer.

  • Brent Yen

    The points should be if Lin made the right play. He even ignored Kobe today twice…

  • Michael

    Man that looked bad. First game of his NBA career that is tough. Saw Kobe shaking his head on the bench.

  • k.smith

    that’s why I said, if at all.

  • Brent Yen

    Kelly was very good too.

  • Maknusia

    not sure if the score will be close

  • Brent Yen

    LOL very true.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Phoenix’ advantage over Lakers is depth.

  • Price and Davis are also -17 (playing vs bench still) with 2 min left.
    It should get better not playing vs starters
    Randle -18 now

    There was an 8 min drought of no LAL scoring. Randle played a big part in it.
    Whoever on the floor with him was affected too in +/-

  • Michael

    They should push the pace, it would be the right strategy.

  • cali7

    Lakers barely have enough players to play 5 on 5 and another injury.

  • blubell
  • Maknusia

    wish the team dont let their morale down..especially with the lost and probably loosing Randle as well

  • Maknusia

    Now we know how the LAL fairs….I would give another 5-10 games for them to stabilize the rotation and getting the team to gel better

  • blubell
  • Brent Yen

    This is purely just cohesion problem

  • k.smith

    lack of talent too.

  • blubell
  • The only positive in this game is not more LA players get injured.

    Plus Lin was allowed to be playmaker to start the 3rd quarter for 12-4 run to cut the lead to single digit (9 pts).
    That’s about it.

    Note: Oh yeah, Lin only played 29 min so I can watch him play tomorrow vs Suns.
    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/527314897982738432

  • blubell

    Jeremy’s only FG tonight

  • Maknusia

    Looks like Scott is sticking to game plan and not pushing it..good

  • k.smith

    5fga. Lin, you don’t play with parsons/harden/d12 anymore.

  • Maknusia

    yeah…i was bitching about that since yesterday

  • Maknusia

    oh rather forever 🙂

    Hope to see him taking more shots tomorrow

  • k.smith

    HC in the house!

  • k.smith

    Get well, man.

  • Jedi

    I don’t know if people said it below on the thread already…but I really want Jeremy to start off stronger. It’s almost like every game he starts, he observes more and takes it quite chill. Then something happens, and he gets hit somewhere. This warms him up and then he gets going.

  • blubell

    I hope we can get a W tomorrow. Psalm, cheer extra hard!

  • Maknusia

    you need to go to games and give the kick early so he is well warmed up

  • cheapjing

    oh no

  • Jedi

    More like wave my hand across his face and say:” You are in the 4th Quarter.”
    Jeremy:”I am in the 4th Quarter.”

  • Maknusia

    Hope is good…hope is good!

  • Another good news. Metta might be willing to come back from China

    https://twitter.com/MettaWorldPeace/status/527324630122393600

  • blubell

  • Michael

    Well at least it’s not the Achilles or something like that. still a huge bummer.

  • Maknusia

    good one!

  • Maknusia

    oh really so metta (what ever his new name is)…and TD?

  • Without hope, we die.
    Yes, I’ll cheer for Lin to play better tomorrow to lead Lakers 1st/2nd/3rd team! :]

  • Michael

    You can say ” I am Jose Calderon, I am Jose Calderon…, take the 3 ptr, take the 3 ptr..”

  • Jedi

    We need his screaming elbows.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Lakers front court is damn ugly. Rockets bench is not even good, but they’re better than the Lakers.

    Lakers should have a strong first quarter. The looked like a mess out there in the beginning.

    Rockets STILL first round exit. This team will not do anything against teams with terrific perimeter defense.

  • Jedi

    How can you forget Panda’s Friend man…how????

  • k.smith

    He does this a lot. The observing part. Over analyzes everything then plays bad.

  • Brent Yen

    Not top notch talents…but I think given the performance, there are completely underperformed.

  • k.smith

    PASS. He’s that bad.

  • Brent Yen

    That is his job…

  • First game of the season jitters, plus rushing things in 1st quarter to get 2 quick fouls, plus decimated Lakers personnel.
    He did look really good in the 3rd quarter. I thought he’s going to lead them to tie the game.

    It’ll get better with time if he knows how to get his points safely with floaters/midrange

  • k.smith

    you’re a much better person than me.

  • k.smith

    the playing bad part?

  • Brent Yen

    THat comes and goes…you panic too often….LOL

  • you’re a much better person than you think :]

  • blubell

    Oh boy…

  • Michael

    Too bad their defense kind of reverted a bit back to the first few games of the preseason, the last few games it wasn’t that bad. Offensively, I agree with you. Brent says it’s cohesiveness, I think they lack players who are good at specific roles. Especially for floor spacing and true big body.

  • hey, maybe if he’s healthy it’s a plus

  • k.smith

    panic? nah. Just understanding the reality of the situation.

  • blubell

    That’s sad…

  • Michael

    Me too. (Shameless)

  • Brent Yen

    I am going to be happy……if Dave Miller start to doubt Scott…lol

  • blubell

    We lost because you didn’t take that 10 min nap 😛

  • Brent Yen

    good good…..

  • Jedi

    Yeah, you know how we voted and I thought he would get 20/8 conservatively…so definitely I’m disappointed.
    Those jitters you mentioned are real…he really did look tentative until Howard knocked him down.

  • Michael

    It’s just a theory…

  • cali7

    Scott says broken tibia for Randle but going to be evaluated

  • k.smith

    He was TERRIBLE last season and did things that hurt the morale of the team. S*up*d twitter comments, bad body language during games.

  • Maknusia

    I’m not…kinda expected for me… the team needs time to settle down

  • I know .. it’s a little disappointing but at least he tried his best to be aggressive (even if it was incorrect approach). If he learns from it, it’ll be good.

    Hope he redeems himself tomorrow

  • cali7

    Q: What do you make of Kobe and Dwight?
    A: They don’t like each other.

  • Michael

    Maybe he thought he was on offense.

  • blubell
  • cali7

    Scott: Lin did pretty good job. second half much more aggressive.

  • hope it’s a clean break so it heals quicker

  • Brent Yen

    Darn….I am the only guy thinking Lin did a good job overall…..LOL with 6minutes of bad time of course

  • cali7

    Scott said he thought Lin did a pretty good job.

  • Michael

    The second half, yes.

  • k.smith

    I’m wasted but you’re on crack, bruh.

  • Brent Yen

    IF One of the 2 drives to D12 was called…things would be completely different.

  • Maknusia

    oops, most likely he stressed his right, and when his left feet hits his calf, it snapped

  • k.smith

    relative to the rest of the team…

  • Michael

    I like how when Reggie Miller was talking on the replay ” Dwight went …pause….straight up”.

  • Brent Yen

    LOL I wish I am……I rather be the one wasted….

  • Maknusia

    you must be crazy lin fan

  • Jedi

    The one where Dwight went straight up and wasn’t called for a foul…there was arm contact from what I saw.

  • cali7

    sad state of affairs

  • Brent Yen

    It was not

  • Jedi

    They really do lie to themselves…lol

  • Brent Yen

    It would be a foul if it was DAVIS

  • IsabeliJane*17

    He did well.. kinda late though.

  • You described it correctly. It was a big Mess in the beginning.
    And if Rox meets Seed 1-4 with good perimeter D neutralizing their 3PT and someone challenging Howard, it will be 1st round exit

  • Brent Yen

    LOL…..ok…..TC speaks…..:P

  • Maknusia

    knowing Lin, he would

  • blubell

    takes one to know one 😛

  • Maknusia

    and a proud one indeed 🙂

  • Jedi

    He did well in the 3rd quarter. But I expected more because he was playing a former team. But the one good thing about Jeremy is that we don’t need to rag on him. He beats up on himself more than we do I believe.

  • blubell
  • Maknusia

    nah…he just need to wave his hand for offense, no running needed

  • true, he was sleep-walking last season

  • Jedi

    Oh man…that kinda sound sends shivers all over my body.

  • blubell

    This is truly heart breaking…

  • Brent Yen

    during the game chat, I thought about the same thing. But now thinking back, I think he did better than I thought.

  • k.smith

    anybody seen lin’s floater? gone missing.

  • Brent Yen

    Seems not ready yet….

  • Jedi

    Is this going to be BS’s MO?
    If a player plays well, he doesn’t really say all that much. But if a player wasn’t so great, he props them up to encourage them or something?

    Cos if that’s the case, it would explain a lot.

  • blubell

    put it on a milk carton.

  • cali7

    Harsh words for Howard from James Worthy

  • Brent Yen

    Is this the LA thing….I am just wondering…I am new to LA….

  • k.smith

    gif gods, help.

  • LW

    But Lin was very mediocre in the 1st half, which contributed to the Lakers falling way behind from the start. This kind of ‘consistency’ won’t win him a starting job in the current basketball culture.

  • Brent Yen

    LOL hahaha this makes sense

  • Brent Yen

    Like I said….he only looked bad….Besides the 2 TOVs what did he do wrong?

  • Michael

    Did Worthy start chanting “Howard s…” ?

  • Michael

    It’ still floating…

  • cali7

    Yes and no. I was not paying as much attention when things when he was here but obviously there was tension although they denied it. I know that after Howard left LA, LA hates Howard.

  • Michael

    He didn’t win.

  • Brent Yen

    I noticed that they hate MDA too…..

  • cali7

    No. Said that Howard doesn’t have it yet. He wants to act like he is the man but he’s not. Statements like that.

  • Brent Yen

    That is just like the ref call…you have to play through it…lol

  • blubell
  • Michael

    Not really in the mood for trolling now XD, after the Randle injury and loss.

  • blubell
  • LW

    He wasn’t doing anything in the 1st half while playing with Kobe. 0 field goal 1 asst is not enough contribute from a deserving starting PG.

  • Michael

    Teddy bear :P. Like Ted?

  • blubell

    PFV

  • blubell

    Psalm hates bears.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    I have no patience for doubters right now.

  • Michael

    Really??

  • Brent Yen

    What I tried to say is, he can not control how refs calls it. And that was the only deciding factor too me. perimeter players relies on a LOT of things that are out of their control.

  • k.smith

    Kobe does too.

  • blubell

    Highlights from Blayian

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Blaiyan is the definition of highlights MVP.

  • Brent Yen

    LOL

  • Brent Yen

    Do we need a post game thread? @real_dsb:disqus???

  • blubell

    All hail Blaiyan!

  • blubell

    Do we need it for back to back?

  • Brent Yen

    Not sure……..@psalm234:disqus?

  • IsabeliJane*17

    I might get slammed here for saying this, but I’d take Asik over Hill, even if Asik is “stoned” handed.

  • Brent Yen

    They are not at the same level at all…

  • blubell

    LOL. Not at all.

  • LW

    Agree, but only Lin fans will side with those ‘reasons’. I have no doubt about Lin’s game when he is controlling the offense, but when Kobe or others are controlling the offense, I just don’t see Lin very effective because he doesn’t look for shots and couldn’t blockout bigs for boards, and so there is no point for him to be there.

  • Michael

    That would be a wicked front court.

  • blubell

    Jeremy’s post-game interview

  • Brent Yen

    I have been said this for a long time now. I don’t care his box score, I care if he made right play or not. But that is just me. In general, he was good. Not error free for sure. 😛 no one is perfect.

  • SamC89

    This makes me wonder… perhaps Scott really had his reasons for having Lin come off the bench and run the second unit.

  • Probably we don’t need it for B2B.
    Not enough time to get lots of update

  • blubell

    Scott post game interview.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    At 1:23, Kobe approved of that Jeremy move.

    Jeremy Lin effect on biggies worked on Boozer this game. Boozer is getting to the basket more rather than rely on his missing midrange.

  • Brent Yen

    So…we just start a new pre game…while using this one for the post game?

  • The Defenseless Bear_ didn’t get attacked today!

  • Brent Yen

    Lin did…..no space tho.

  • Brent Yen

    and ppl think his handle is bad..

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Look at Beverley slamming D-Mo for Jeremy getting away for that easy basket. LOL

  • Brent Yen

    split the screen, I miss those moves…Lin made instant reads.

  • blubell

    Like Jeremy said, he’s going to find everyone’s sweet spot 🙂

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Yeah he even found mine so… 🙂

    Alright back to the highlights! At least Boozer, like Asik and Davis, was smart enough to know how to play off Jeremy’s game.

  • k.smith

    Nah, Asik is a million times better than Hill.

  • blubell

    I totally set you up on that 🙂
    So it looks like Lin/Boozer for 1st unit and Lin/Davis for 2nd unit.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Until Boozer gets back (or doesn’t) his midrange game, better he rolls and anticipate Jeremy’s passes.

  • Brent Yen

    can not believe we are missing Asik here…lol

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    With so many injuries and players didn’t have time to practice with different players rather than 1st or 2nd unit for preseason, it’s going to be hard to win for a while. Also sad that JLin isn’t able to use one of his best skills for transition. Lakers is very slow in both old and young players.

  • joyce ward

    I went to the game and her is what I saw:

    Ok, just came from the game. Laker fans wanted the win, but it is what it is. The section I was sitting in was rooting for lin. The first half lin was trying to adjust to Kobe’s game. He started going fast and lost the ball a couple of times. He couldn’t get in the paint, and the spacing was so bad. He didn’t have enough space to even shoot. Then lobe took over the offense and it became the Kobe show. No ball movement. Everybody standing around watching him shoot. I saw kobe with 4 defenders in the paint trying to take the ball in. I don’t even know why Wes Johnson is in the starting lineup, he couldn’t defend a knat. Lin/Bev match up was even. Bev only scored on Lin once. Also in the second half, kobe let lin handle the ball, and lin/boozer became a team. lin getting the ball to him. At my estimation, lin should had at least 14 points tonight. He missed a three and two layups. I know people want to come on here and say lin looked bad, not really the whole team looked lost out there. In the 2nd half they came back within 6 points, then they started getting fouls.

    Lin is in the starting lineup. Scott kept Price with 2nd unit and was giving plays to Clarkson. I saw lin/kobe chatting on the bench alot. I saw Lin/boozer talking a lot. Price is not starting material and his defense is suspect at best. Lin did pretty well holding down Bev. Lin knew how to play him, Bev tried a couple of times to get in the paint and Davis blocked his shot. Davis blocked a couple of Howard’s shots but the ref called fouls on Davis.

    Lin shook Mchale, Finch and the other black coaches hand. When they first came on court, i saw Howard hug lin, and I saw He and Harden chatting while they were waiting to come back in the game. Bev didn’t even look lin’s way. He acted like he didn’t know him, so people on here saying lin was laughing and being chummy with them did not happen. it was awful what happened to Randle, fortunately that is overshadowing this game.

    I think that once lin gels with the starters and kobe starts sharing the ball, it will be fine. Kobe played at a very high level tonight, he can’t keep doing that for 82 games. But I liked what I saw with the lin/boozer connection. Just so you know kobe had 18 points and 1 assist, so it was iso kobe.

  • Brent Yen

    THanks for the report!

  • Maknusia

    It is what it is…will give some time for the team to take some breath and sink in all the coaching and for the rookies to play in NBA level. Most of NBA team wont be relying so much on bench and rookies, as Lakers do, unfortunately thats the roster they have.

    Lin/Kobe not only need to learn playing with each other but how to bring the best, out of the team…its tough!

    On top of all these, new coach, new system, and building chemistry is gonna take time. And not forgetting all the injuries that they had and going on.

    Waiting patiently with hope 🙂

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Look at JH:

    Jeremy Lin with the and1 finish https://t.co/T5mLPRNNJl

  • Acbc

    That’s what good coaches do. Recognize the effort and build the players confidence when they are down.

    Unlike MCHALE, Scott knows that when his players underperform even though the effort was there, it means that he didn’t do enough to harvest that effort. What ever the weakness of his players, the coach must find ways to maximize their potentials.

    Lin simple tried too hard and was unable to feel the chemistry between himself and his teammates. It’s a sign that a player is pressing too hard when they come too close to the fine line between being in or out of control. In many cases LIN ran his engines too hard in order to try to beat multiple players.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Thanks for the upbeat report. I become quite “pessimistic” while watching the game. Pray that JLin and Lakers will do better in next game.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    It’s only 1 game and JH is slowly showing his true colors on defense…. lol

    I give this until 3rd week of November lol

  • SamC89

    I like how his teammates all cheered for him. I’m going to chalk this up to just growing pains. They’ll need more time to gel.

    Remember that Lin didn’t poorly the first time he played against the Knicks. It wasn’t until the second game, when he returned to MSG that he did really well.

    So Nov 19 they’ll be in Houston and we’ll see Lin get his revenge.

  • Brent Yen

    Can not be worse in terms of results…so…lol

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Will trust u in this. Keep my hope up!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Hopefully not. They are playing with Suns again.

  • SamC89

    Interesting that all three ex-Rocket players played today.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Also noticed how PB reacted when JLin passed him. Wow! Glad JLin was too fast for him:-)

  • blubell

    Jeremy’s post game – longer version.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Jeremy Lin Take a Awesome Crossovers in Rockets vs Lakers – October 28, 2014 https://t.co/w7IoR7d7XO— Dwain808 (@dwain808) October 29, 2014

  • blubell

    Audio Assist – Lakers vs Rockets

  • joyce ward

    what is he saying?

  • k.smith

    from lakerground.net

    Lin — — He got off to an awful start with turnovers and fouls to open the game. The Lakers were completely out of rhythm and fell behind deep. In the second half, Lin got into attack mode and the game changed. “He was much more aggressive and that’s what the Lakers need him to be,” Scott said. As I mentioned, this is going to be Lin’s and Kobe’s team to run offensively. There’s no way around it. It’s a good situation for Lin, he just needs to step into that role like he did in the second half tonight. He was getting dribble penetration and good things were happening as a result. Only thing you worry about was the amount of contact he was taking and how many times he hit the floor. No need to state the obvious here about the Lakers injury bug. He didn’t shoot the ball well tonight (missing a big three that would have trimmed the lead to 4 in the second half), but no one did in this game with how much difficulty the team had in getting into flow. Fun third quarter. Just need to string a few of those together. Only way to do that is get more minutes together to figure each other out. The Stats: He scored 7 points on 1-5 shooting (0-1 from three, 5-6 from the line) to go with 2 boards, 6 assists, 4 turnovers and 3 fouls in 29 minutes. He was a -17. The Action: He lost the handle trying to create, turnover. He fouled Ariza on a three for a 4-point play. He attacked the paint and was blocked. He attacked the paint, took contact and got no call on the miss. He then picked up his second foul running into Harden and had to sit. Back in, he lost the dribble bringing it up, dunk the other way. Sheesh, couldn’t be a worse start for Lin. He pushed up it in transition, drew the D and dumped if off to Boozer for the And-1. He didn’t score on 0-2 shooting to go with 2 assists and 2 turnovers in 14 minutes.Second Half: He attacked the paint and got body-slammed by Howard to draw his Dwight’s fourth, he made one FT, but got it tapped back out to him. He split a double team, attacked the rim, took contact and flipped in the lefty And-1 before going down, he made the FT. He attacked off the high screen, through the D, drawing a third defender at the baseline before dumping it off to Boozer for the layup. He attacked, drew the D and setup Hill for FTs. Not close on a big three attempt that could have cut the lead to 4 (that would have been big). He attacked baseline and found Davis for the layup. He made a tech FT. Sloppy kickout off a semi-trap, turnover at mid court. He attacked from the wing and took contact for FTs, he made both. He attacked but couldn’t finish the layup high off the glass.

    Regarding the bolded part, Mchale used to say this, now Scott’s saying it. Will Lin deliver or fall short like he did in hicktown?

  • Brent Yen

    He did ok today…not really fall short, did he?

  • Maknusia

    fair report. This guy DancingBarry is very fair in his reports.

    BTW, @disqus_NiYAYdjvfo:disqus which bolded part? I dont see it?

  • cali7

    I may be slow on the uptake, and there was a lot of speculation on this, but it seems fairly clear now that after Rockets acquired Harden and the completion of Lin’s first year, the Rockets planned to trade Lin and began phasing him out last year so that the losing him would have the smallest impact possible on the Rockets. I still don’t think the Rockets will get beyond first round and I question whether they will be able to contend with real contenders even during the season, as others here have pointed out. A decimated Lakers team is hardly a true test of the Rockets’ mettle. Lakers have a tough schedule this week, and I still think if Lakers can get it together quickly, they might be able to make playoffs. Here’s hoping tomorrow has a better outcome.

  • cali7

    Thanks, Joyce! I’ll be at Friday’s game. Hoping Lakers will get it together. They seemed to have regressed this game. Maybe too many nerves or adrenaline.

  • Maknusia

    I’m not panicking yet…LAL has tough stretch of games coming up and back2back as well.

    Lets see how they hold up, as long as there is progress from game to game (similar to preseason), we can be a little optimistic, else they might peak too late into the season. Which in return would up-keep them for next season.

    But seriously, the FO needs to get some players, center to start with.

  • JoeTeam

    LOL, Harden waving hello

  • JoeTeam

    I like that you come here too. I’m going to fade a little from .net because the trolls keep coming back.

  • JoeTeam

    the team is in disarray from youth and injuries, so Lin is pressing too hard at times. He’s going to get his groove.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    He wasn’t even waving. He was fallen into “eyes” defense again.

  • Michael

    People pickin us to win 20 games 25 games 30 games, like i said all along let’s shock the world. But we got to do it together, ok? Everybody in here has to be a little bit better, tonight, than you were yesterday, and so on and so forth, and that’s how we got to look at it. We got a good team in this room…

  • Michael

    Defensive witness.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Trolls are scared in here. Wouldn’t last one second.

  • Michael

    peep…

  • IsabeliJane*17

    His rating was a cross-eyed smiley and a thumbs-up. This is a good site. Way different than Clutchfans.

  • Michael

    I know Kobe went into Iso mode in the 2nd quarter. But maybe he did so because everyone was so jitterish, he just wanted to do what he could to steady the ship. He went a bit too long, but I guess it is hard to judge the situation on the fly. Joyce’s observation that he and Lin were still talking on the bench, is telling that it isn’t an “I don’t trust my teammate” situation. When Kobe really doesn’t trust you, he is probably going to ignore you. When Lin ignored Kobe who was yelling for the ball a few steps away, and passed it to Boozer instead, you didn’t see any of the typical Melo or Harden pouting, hand clapping. Then when Lin hit that awesome and-1 Kobe was actually the most emphatic to celebrate the shot. So at least for this game all is good. Hope it continues…

  • Michael

    Do you mean the “Hey DMo it’s your fault!” reaction?

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    [LONG VIDEO] ==> "10.28.14 Game #1 — Long Video — JLin & Lakers Crushed By Rockets; Randle Breaks Leg" http://t.co/j5qT6TmsO9 #Lakers #NBA— Paul Villarreal (@CNM_JLin_Vids) October 29, 2014

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    No, need to rewatch it again:-)

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Please remind DMo that he and Jeremy are not team mates anymore lol.

  • webattorney

    I give Lin D+ or C- given this game was against Rockets. No sense of urgency in first half.

  • webattorney

    Not enough talent on Lakers to make playoff. Rockets still let Lakers back within 6 or 7. Rockets will go far as Dwight decided to play. Harden actually improved.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOL That’s good for JLin/Lakers:-)

  • webattorney

    I am not panicking because I expected this.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    The perennial first round exits? I give this guys till end of November or December when teams are starting to adjust.

  • ProLin

    boy it is nicer here!

    like I’ve said over there, I love it when JLin gets reality check early. I don’t mind him getting more angry and feeling humiliated. It will transform into even more fire for him to do well in the future. He’s gotta find a way to play a real offensive set with Kobe; I’m not big on him and Davis since I think Davis is having success due to lack of scouting. He needs to be good with everyone in the team, not just that one big guy who happen to love him.

    I’m always supportive of him no matter what. Sure he sucked but I expected that from him this game. Just show progress, baby.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Welcome. Enjoy your stay.

  • ProLin

    I sure will since there’s less chance of me getting sexually harassed by mentally unstable trolls here… 🙂

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Bromance, bro… lol

  • ProLin

    little too much on the -mance part, , AIYA…. I am not homophobe so I hate to make negative comments, so I just shout in Chinese, lol…

  • webattorney

    Ha, ha. Sad.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Welcome! Good to see u here.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    It’s more like JH was cheering for JLin:-) Good job JLin!

  • cheapjing

    lol

  • cheapjing

    i just got off work. did lin redeem himself on the second half?

  • 311

    Is it just me or does Kobe seem Jesus-like in this pic with the rays shining down on him and him blessing young Randle.

  • Maknusia

    Kobe Interview -8min

  • Maknusia

    Welcome ProLin

  • Ken Chatsworth

    Wow this place has more people than I thought…seems like most of the better posters have migrated here. The other place is getting unbearable.

    Kinda regret staying up till 1:30 am to watch this game and now I am sleepy as heck at work. Hmm probably gonna do it again tonight…

  • Maknusia

    Nah…he was all good, helping Jeremy to score…his team mate…oops former

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Yes. He did better on 3rd quarter but wasn’t enough to turn the tide and R got away. Then Randle had tibia fracture. The game was basically over.

  • Dorothy

    Welcome board. Yes, it has become unbearable at the other site. I just migrated here 2 days ago.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Welcome stranger. Good that u’ve found the place. Yes, many of us have migrated here for a while now. I was when the other side became unbearable over a month ago. Tried to go back there several times but seemed like getting worse over the times. Little point to visit there now.

  • Maknusia

    Welcome Ken…yeah its back2back for us as well…lol

  • Maknusia

    Yeah, I have enough stress watching Lakers with their think lineups, dont really need anymore stress from fans.

  • Dorothy

    Could not agree more.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOL I’m considered to be pretty bad for a couple days with the startergate but @psalm234 and PFV managed to calm me down:-)

  • 7iger

    Michael last really long in here.

  • Maknusia

    He’s a gold medalist…seems you wanna join him as well? Not easy!

  • SamC89

    While that’s true, I don’t think they were able to limit it as much as they think. Aside form Harden, they have no other playmaker and they’re going to feel at a loss against better teams and throughout the season.

    I also think the Lakers might be able to squeeze into the playoffs if they can get their act together. But it’s going to take a lot of work and quite a bit of luck too!

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Topmost in the troll hierarchy lol

  • Maknusia

    LOL…Chris Baldwin still follows Jeremy! Good man indeed

    Jeremy Lin schools Patrick Beverley, but Dwight Howard elbows Kobe Bryant aside in deceiving Rockets laugher

    Jeremy Lin blows by Patrick Beverley again and again, giving the LA
    Lakers brief third quarter life, making even the beautiful people look
    up from their iPhones. Beverley, the phantom defensive stopper, clearly
    cannot keep Lin out of the lane.

    When Lin beats Beverley off the dribble for a second straight time and
    flips in a shot off the glass with his off hand as Terrence Jones fouls
    him, Will Ferrell gives a fist pump.

    It’s a nice moment for the former Houston Rocket, a clear sign things
    will be very different for Lin in LA than they were in the Bayou City.
    But the Rockets are going to make sure Lin’s moment is fleeting on this opening night.
    Oh, Beverley doesn’t have all that much to do with it. In fact, he
    gives more of an early preview of how much Daryl Morey will regret
    jettisoning his best true point guard in the end. But with the
    individual efficient brilliance of James Harden and a rare angry game
    from Dwight Howard, Houston puts on quite a show for openers.

    Suddenly, Kobe is mouthing “Try me” at the man who spurned LA for Houston and even Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have something to talk about.

    “They don’t like each other,” Lakers coach Byron Scott says of the Kobe & Howard show. “Simple as that.”

    That’s confirmed when Bryant claims he does like Howard, just so he can
    call him “a teddy bear,” damning the big man who yearns to be dominant
    with another soft image. Yes, Kobe truly is wicked.

    Lin’s drive-bys of Beverley in the third quarter, Scott’s comments
    about Dwight’s lack of championship want-to, Kobe’s comments about
    Dwight, Harden’s desire to prove he’s blown past Kobe . . . it’s all
    coming together in a stew of hatred. But the Lakers need to do a lot of
    work to make it matter.

    It’s a good start for a Rockets team that should be 4-0 heading into
    Tuesday’s game at Miami. But this idea that it’s somehow a disaster for
    Jeremy Lin is a joke that’s a figment of Lin Only Haters imagination.
    Yes, Lin puts up only seven points, but your first game with a new
    franchise (especially when it’s the first game back for one of that
    franchise’s all-time legends) is not the time to force up shots.

    Lin only takes five shots on this night, but his penetration does
    plenty for the Lakers — and there are a number of encouraging signs. He
    plays 29 minutes, tied for the team lead with Kobe Bryant. He picks up
    six assists while creating easy baskets for bigs like Carlos Boozer and
    Ed Davis. Those six assists could easily be nine assists if not for a
    few teammate fumbles (Jordan Hill, one of the worst starters in the NBA,
    has a particularly rough night).

    It is Lin’s penetration that forces Howard to the bench just 73 seconds
    into the third quarter too. The Rockets defensive backbone (really
    their only real defensive bone period) picks up his fourth foul on a Lin
    drive and his absence opens up everything, exposing Beverley’s defense
    on Lin.


    “I thought he did a pretty good job to be honest with you,” Scott says
    of Lin. “Especially in the second half . . . I thought he was much more
    aggressive and that’s what we need Jeremy to be.”


    Imagine that. A coach encourages Jeremy Lin to attack and then gives
    him a real chance to do it. The difference between the way Byron Scott
    and Kevin McHale talk about and treat Lin is already dramatic — and
    glaringly obvious.

    Lin plays the entire third quarter on this night. For the first time
    since his run in New York with Mike D’Antoni, Lin doesn’t need to look
    over his shoulder and anticipate the move of a coach itching to yank
    him. With Lin playing well and driving the Lakers, Byron Scott actually
    lets him play on.

    The Lin Only Haters will never acknowledge it, but there are cracks
    already showing through. Lin leaving Beverley in the dust is an ominous
    sign in a West full of quick elite point guards. October masterpieces
    are nice, but they have an ugly way of meaning little in April.

    Regrets almost never come early.

    …..

    Yeah its a good read…its a long article, so feel free to read on cluturemap

  • Maknusia

    Meanwhile, it was very low of CLutch to make such a video mocking Jeremy’s first game.
    I dont care if its from Lin hater’s but being a Rox front follower and being an editor/owner if CF site…its truly unprofessional…nuff said…sigh

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Yeah that’s so lowest of the low. I can’t imagine DancingBarry doing that. Yes DancingBarry could give Jeremy a dead banana rating (if he deserves it) and I wouldn’t care. Putting it on highlights though…

  • Ken Chatsworth

    The only thing it accomplishes is to show his pettiness.

  • Ken Chatsworth

    Yeah I really like reading his recaps. Similar to Seth of PostingAndToasting for NYK. Helps me kill time at work.

  • 7iger

    There is a saying can’t beat them join them.

  • k.smith

    my bad. “He was much more aggressive and that’s what the Lakers need him to be,” Scott said.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Chris Baldwin still followed Jeremy to the Lakers? He’s either a solid Jeremy fan or there’s nothing interesting to write about the Rockets lol.

  • Maknusia

    I think he is a fan, like us, else he wouldnt have gone this deep to write such a lengthy article.

    There is something is Jeremy that sparks everyone. Even the haters…lol

  • Maknusia

    totally! hahaha

  • bolero

    he;s just being nice. lol

  • Maknusia

    Didnt realize SI ran a nice article on Lin as well!

    Many NBA players might be taken aback by not receiving a direct show
    of support or a team-wide pronouncement, but the world learned at the
    beginning of Linsanity in 2012 that Lin isn’t easily included in the
    group of many NBA players. In less than eight months he went
    from the D-League, to the toast of the Big Apple and global
    superstardom, to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet with Houston
    that went unmatched by the Knicks. During his first year with the Rockets, Lin transitioned quickly from presumptive No. 1 option to second fiddle behind James Harden, who was acquired on the eve of the ’12-13 season. In his second season in Houston, Lin lost his starting job to Patrick Beverley, and then his jersey number to Carmelo Anthony
    during an offseason recruiting pitch. Those hard, fast turns of fortune
    have left Lin sounding cautious, too aware of what might happen next to
    bother celebrating.

    “[Being named starter] is more like a game-to-game thing than a
    permanent thing,” Lin told SI.com by telephone on Sunday, a few hours
    after learning the news from the media. “I know how fast things can
    change. … If [coming off the bench] is what the team needs, I’ve shown
    I’ll make sacrifices.”

    Don’t mistake his humble hesitancy for a lack of desire. Lin has
    admitted deep disappointment about his struggles in Houston, and those
    feelings are a prime motivator this season. He is also not afraid to
    stake his claim to the starting job, even if that means sharing minutes
    and touches with Kobe Bryant.

    That L.A.’s point guard spot remained in question for so long is
    somewhat surprising. By any objective analysis, Lin is easily the team’s
    best floor leader. Nash, 40, was set to be the league’s oldest player
    after appearing in only 15 games last season. Price, 31, hasn’t posted a
    Player Efficiency Rating above 10.0 since 2009-10 and he is on his
    fifth team in five years. Rookie Jordan Clarkson
    has potential, but he wasn’t selected until No. 46. Lin, 26, is far
    from perfect, but he averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists last season,
    shot a respectable 35.8 percent from three-point range and posted a PER
    (14.3) just below the league average of 15.0.

    Scott’s indecision throughout the preseason, though, stemmed from two
    major factors: injuries and roster fit. In early October, before Nash
    and Price were injured, Los Angeles lost its premier bench scorer,
    shooting guard Nick Young, for eight weeks because of right-thumb surgery. Assorted other Lakers — including shooting guard Wayne Ellington, swingman Xavier Henry and power forward Ryan Kelly
    — are also banged up. Using Lin and Bryant together, then, could leave
    the Lakers with a feeble second unit. Spacing out their minutes, on the
    other hand, could provide stability over 48 minutes.

    But the fit question loomed larger. Are Bryant and Lin redundant as
    scoring guards, or can they be complementary? Would using a stand-in
    starter such as Price allow Scott to maximize the offensive abilities of
    Bryant and Lin by staggering more of their minutes?

    Lin faced the same question about sharing the ball in both New York,
    with Anthony, and Houston, with Harden. Last season Rockets coach Kevin
    McHale paired Harden with the defensive-minded Beverley in the first
    unit (Lin ended up starting 33 games because of injuries to Beverley), a
    duo that posted an excellent plus-10.4 net rating in 1,245 minutes,
    topping the strong plus-7.6 net rating achieved by Harden/Lin in 1,339
    minutes.


    “The Rockets were on to something using Lin as a third guard because he
    needs the ball to be effective,” a rival scout said. “He’s not a bad
    shooter and he plays with such good pace. His biggest strength is
    putting pressure on the defense off the dribble and in transition. His
    challenge will be to play off Kobe. He has to grow his offensive game
    for that to work.”

    After training with Bryant for a week of early-morning, no-nonsense
    sessions over the summer, Lin says he is “definitely comfortable”
    playing with the Lakers’ alpha dog. Though Lin joked that Kobe is
    “always in his ear,” he added that the coaching has been “very, very
    helpful” and that he’s “very excited” to team with the 36-year-old
    Bryant.


    “He’s telling me that he’s the elbow [near the free throw line] and
    below, and I’m the elbow and up,” Lin said of Bryant, referring to
    positioning on offense. “I’ve got the top of the key and the
    pick-and-rolls; he’s got the low-post isos and playing from the block.”

    “That was a little overblown,” he said. “Every time we have an open
    three, [Scott] definitely wants us to take it. That’s the right shot. He
    just wants us to take good shots, be patient with the offense and trust
    it.”

    ….

    Read further at SI 😉

  • Maknusia

    McHale on Jeremy

    At least Houston coach Kevin McHale was sorry to see the
    mild-mannered point guard leave. He called Lin a “tough guy” whose
    attacking style of play would be missed in the Rockets’ lineup.

    “Jeremy played the same way all the time,” McHale said. “He goes into
    attack mode and he goes and goes. Sometimes it works and sometimes it
    doesn’t.”

    Lin’s aggressive style didn’t work well in the first half of Lakers’
    season-opening, 108-90 loss to the Rockets, but was successful in
    breaking down the Rockets defense off the dribble in the third quarter.
    He didn’t have his best night, finishing with seven points, six assists
    and four turnovers against his former team, but neither did his Rockets
    replacement.

    Beverley had nine points and five assists.

    Still, McHale had nothing but praise for Lin, who started at point guard for the Lakers.

    “He’s a wonderful kid to coach, a wonderful person to be around,”
    McHale said. “I have nothing but good things to say about him. We’ll
    miss him because of the way he plays because we go up and down the floor
    and attack.
    “There are some guys that go 90 and he goes 95. He’s fast. … He’s
    such a good kid and he plays really hard. That’s all you can ask.”

  • BobbyH

    Just wanted to say hi to everybody here. Stayed late to watched the whole game on TNT from New York. I wanted to finish the game because it was the first game of JLin as starter for Lakers., even though it was quite painful to watch.

    Disappointed at first, not at Lin, but at myself, having much high hope for Lin and Lakers. Brent made a great post game analysis. I couldn’t agree more.

    Some brief bright moments in 3rd quarters. But I think Scott is taking a long term approach to fix this team, given what he has. Let’s all cheer for Lin to get back on feet tonight.

  • Maknusia

    yeah we gotta move on as well…cheers mate

    BTW, PHX thread is up…
    http://www.jlinportal.com/g02-lalphx-pregame-thread/

  • webattorney

    You can’t really “fix” Lakers with the players they have; they just have to make do for this season and get some better players. Boozer, Kobe and Sacre, they are just going to get worse.

  • webattorney

    Well, to be fair to Rockets, they really don’t need Lin aside from being a back-up when they have Harden UNLESS Harden was supportive of having two-headed attack, but Harden wanted to be the dominant star. But frankly, there are cheaper and better off-the-ball SGs than Lin. So, LIn was both lucky and unlucky in going to Houston which unexpectedly was able to get Harden.

  • webattorney

    I think Rockets will be able to get past 1st round this year. Maybe 2nd round exit. West is tough though, so no shame in that.

  • webattorney

    This play by Lin would not have been possible if Dwight was playing.

  • webattorney

    More people are coming to this site, I noticed.

  • IsabeliJane*17

    Well in their own state, if they can’t own the reigning champ Spurs and the defensive Mavericks.. good luck getting past the first exits or even getting into the playoffs.

    No changes in their offense except the addition of new shooters. If they can’t own even the Suns and other teams who have terrific perimeter defense, then good luck on the playoffs.

  • webattorney

    What did he do wrong? He didn’t do anything during 1st half, that’s what he did wrong. You can’t just not make a difference as a starting PG. Also, I don’t mind Lin missing 3, but that missed way to the left.

  • webattorney

    I gave him B+ when he got something like 3 points and 10 assists, so I am not biased at all. This game was very different from that one. No way can I give a higher score than C-. D+ to C-. This was the first game and against his former team.

  • webattorney

    I hope Lakers win more than 20 games this season.

  • webattorney

    His lift foot hitting the right calf area shouldn’t cause this kind of injury. Weird.

  • Brent Yen

    While Wes and hill stay at “worst”

  • They will if they get Nick Young, healthy Xavier Henry.
    They missed scorers and good perimeter D last night

  • Brent Yen

    It’s as just one point I think….lol for a point guard…

  • Brent Yen

    There is many limiting factors here, unless you think for him to get a B he need to go ISO like Kobe.

  • Weifang

    He was at the game, that’s probably why. He is a Lin fan for sure.

  • JoeTeam

    people are more often intending to be sincere, so that’s the sweet spot of any discussion board.

  • 7iger

    We are really close to 1k comments milestone, a few trolls might be useful. Use them and then toss them.

  • real-dsb

    we already have trolls, their names are Brent and Michael. =p

  • Dominique Jones

    Did anyone see Jack Ma at the game last night? Wondering if he’s a Lin’s fan.

  • real-dsb

    Don’t care one bit. He had already proved himself to be extremely unprofessional.

  • real-dsb

    thanks, gave them a few ad clicks!

  • real-dsb

    Baldwin’s a true Lin fan. (well, I’m sure all the extra view and clicks from Lin fans don’t hurt either =)

  • real-dsb

    It seemed like the Lakers didn’t know how to attack the Rockets defense, which was pretty tight and aggressive, I have to give them credit for that.

  • real-dsb

    “He was much more aggressive and that’s what the Lakers need him to be,” Scott said.

    I don’t remember McHale saying stuff like that. My impression is that McHale always felt that Lin was too aggressive and risky. Here’s McHale’s quote from yesterday. Reading between the lines, I interpret that to mean that McHale doesn’t want that style.

    “Jeremy played the same way all the time,” McHale said. “He goes into
    attack mode and he goes and goes. Sometimes it works and sometimes it
    doesn’t.”

  • real-dsb

    Could be an avulsion fracture, which is when a bone fractures due to excessive force from the pulling of a ligament or tendon. Looks like he kicked his right leg just as he was jumping off his right foot, possibly putting enough extra force on the ligaments in his ankle to cause the avulsion fracture.

  • real-dsb

    Well, basically Lin didn’t have a great game and didn’t help his team win. Pretty simple.

    But why would Lin fans want to emphasize a bad stat? If Lin shoots 75% in a game, we will keep talking about it, but if he shoots 20%, we’re not going to bring it up. I personally think +/- can be a useful metric at times, although it can be random and have complicated external factors.

  • real-dsb

    I added my review in the post above

  • Michael

    Yes. That loss was so hard to swallow at the time= =

  • real-dsb

    So here’s the full quote from McHale on Lin:

    “Jeremy plays the same way all the time and goes into attack mode. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t work,” McHale said. “Most of the time, he plays for you. Other times, he’s playing for the other
    team.”

    http://www.sbsun.com/sports/20141028/jeremy-lin-looking-forward-to-fresh-start-with-lakers

    This is probably a good time to remind people that we do not allow name calling and personal insults on this site (whether it’s other posters, players, coaches, anyone).

  • real-dsb

    It doesn’t surprise me that McHale said that, that’s pretty much how he viewed Jeremy. I don’t expect anyone from Rockets org to be classy.

  • real-dsb

    My pregame predictions were mostly right about Lin’s ast, and beating Bev off the dribble but
    no easy layups. Kobe scored 19 with 35% fg. Harden got over 25pts,
    10fts. I got the Lakers final score exactly right, 90.

    Wrong about Lin’s pts, and WJ’s points.

    http://www.jlinportal.com/g01-houlal-game-thread-chat#comment-1658355386

  • Singapore BB Fan

    JLin was more generous with his comments about his ex-employer.
    JLin has class.

  • Acbc

    Should ask Mchale what team Harden plays for on defence.

  • Acbc

    Was there ever a time he was professional? Nuff said. I would NEVER EVER GIVE ANY HOUSTON MEDIA A HIT NO MATTER WHAT HE HAS TO SAY.