I realize this game doesn't matter to many people, and it SHOULD be an easy victory, but it's been a while since we've had a decent game thread in here. I'd like to get some discussion going.
The two guys who impressed me the most in that first half were Isaiah Canaan and Omer Asik. Houston started the first quarter and just looked horrible. But Canaan came up big with back-to-back 3-pointers to get them back into it. He's got 10 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound in only 10 minutes in the half. But Asik has been the real story. Not only is he dominating the glass (17 rebounds), but he's done an admirable job offensively. He even showed a couple of nice post moves in the paint.
The first quarter may have been bad, but they really came on at the end of the half and go into halftime with a 69-52 lead after a monstrous 47-point quarter. Harden and Lin looked a step slow in the first quarter, but both guys played a big role in that gigantic run at the end of the quarter and they're both already in double digits.
Jones has also played really well, but Bullard thinks he may have a back injury. He was getting stretched out earlier and he was really lethargic on a couple of transition dunks he normally would have thrown down with force. If he's hurting, they should really limit his minutes in the second half. They've got a big enough lead, they can afford to rest anyone with nagging ailments.