Spurs embarrassed Rockets just a few days ago. I don’t think that’s going to happen again, despite the fact that Harden is a game-time decision tonight. I think the Rockets will make adjustments and because Harden is probably not going to be playing, they’ll run an egalitarian offense and pass the ball and will be more motivated to move without the ball from seeing how much success the Spurs had doing just that. I think the Rockets will come out fired up tonight. I still don’t expect the Rockets to win tonight’s game, but wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Rockets manage to somehow pull out a win, whereas Friday I would have been shocked.
I think McHale has been very unhappy with the ball movement and the defensive let downs, so I think they’re going to fix those things tonight. They won’t fix it permanently, but for one night, at least, they’ll be focused, because they don’t want to be embarrassed again by the Spurs.
Tonight will be Jeremy Lin’s chance to show the coaches what he can do–especially if Harden is going to be sitting out, which is very likely to me. Lin will be going against his toughest opponent, since Parker has had his way with Lin even last season. Lets see if Lin can bounces back from the undeserved benching against the Mavs. If Lin has a great game (scores in the 20s) and can contain Tony Parker to something like 15 points in a 40-minute period, the Rockets will win tonight. I also want to see more guys out there for the Rockets tonight, like Terrance Jones. Smith has also got to play more minutes and even Marcus Morris, who didn’t play against the Mavs, need to get some burn tonight. We got players, McHale just needs to play them.