I missed the first few minutes where apparently Parsons scored all of their points, but I was really impressed with Harden and Lin the last few possessions. Harden is getting points despite not getting a lot of the calls he should be getting. And I love what they're doing defensively by putting Asik on Boozer and Patterson on Noah. They both hit long mid range shots, but I'll take that all night rather than letting them get the ball underneath or letting them work the offensive glass.
They were really sluggish for most of the second quarter, but the 7-0 run at the end of the half was solid. Harden is having one of his best nights so far as a Rocket, but somebody else has to step up. Lin is playing so badly that I'm beginning to almost prefer Douglas on the floor. Parsons started off hot, but has cooled considerably, but both Paterson and Smith have been effective offensively. Morris needs to get more involved in the offense and Asik needs to start making those easy looks inside. Defensively, I'm glad that Boozer and Noah have been taking mostly perimeter shots, but someone has to contest them.
I think once he learns to hold his ground defensively and not foul so much, he has the potential to be a very solid bench big in the NBA. He doesn't have a ton of skill, but he can bang the boards and he's almost unstoppable with the ball in his hands in one-on-one situations within feet of the basket.
GREAT start to the quarter. They're contesting shots on defense and getting good looks on offense. But they need to keep up this intensity or they're going to keep letting Chicago climb back in this game. I loved that drive and score from Parsons on the last play. He's proved the last couple of weeks that he can be a No. 3 caliber scoring option and that my 15/5/5 statement prior to this season was a lot more spot on than I thought it would be. I'd just like to see him be this aggressive offensively every game.
Okay.... I think I'm damn close to ready to say it. Jeremy Lin may end up being a bust. He can't shoot, he looks lost offensively and he still turns the ball over too much. I'd like to think he'll turn this around, but I kinda hope we start seeing Machado get some big bench minutes by the end of the season. Machado may have more potential than Lin does at this point.