Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
DALLAS -- On the eve of the All-Star starters for each conference being announced, the Houston Rockets’ backcourt hardly looked All-Star worthy in a 105-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center. Jeremy Lin missed 1 of 2 free throws in two critical trips to the free-throw line late in the game and then committed a turnover with 15 seconds to play that effectively ended Houston’s hopes of snapping a four-game losing skid. James Harden twice failed to convert in the paint when he could have given the Rockets the lead after they trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter. While Harden, the league’s fourth-leading scorer, should be a lock to make the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve, it’s Lin who has a shot to be named a starter in his first season in Houston, which also happens to be the host city for the Feb. 17 All-Star Game at Toyota Center. At last count in early January, Lin trailed Clippers point guard Chris Pau...
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