Found December 11, 2012 on
The San Antonio Spurs survived a shootout of the highest order Monday night, beating the Houston Rockets 134-126 in overtime. With James Harden out with a sprained ankle, the key match up of the game was shaping up to be Tony Parker and Jeremy Lin. They did not disappoint. Parker finished with 27 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds, his first career triple double. Lin had a game reminiscent of last season, netting 38 points and dishing out seven assists.
It was a bounce back game for Lin, who has struggled this season, specifically with his shot.
Lin is shooting 38 percent from the field and 26.5 percent from the three. Lin's struggles shooting have made him easier to defend because it allows defenders to go under a pick and roll or sag off him to help defend Harden when he's driving to the basket.
Before Monday night's game, Parker told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle that Lin reminds him of another guard who struggled with his shot at the start of his career: Tony Parker.
“His shot will come,” Parker said. “Me too. I couldn’t hit a shot at the beginning of my career. I was still able to go to the basket. His shot will improve. It will help, definitely, his game. Definitely. When I start making the outside jumper on a consistent basis, that’s when I was more consistent with my performance.”
Parker is right, he couldn't shoot when his career started. His rookie season he shot just under 42 percent and it hovered in the mid 40's the next two seasons and that was only because he's so good at getting to the rim. Given the amount of analytics and advanced stats the Houston Rockets front office likes to use, I'm sure they'll have Lin working on his shot as much as possible.
The other adjustment Lin has to make is moving without the ball. Parker pointed out to Feigen that he also had to work on being productive without having the ball in his hands since Manu, like Harden, would handle the ball a lot. While their games aren't completely similar, it would serve Lin well to study tape of Parker to figure out how he can improve his offensive game and work with a ball dominant shooting guard like Harden.
Photo: Pro Basketball Talk
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Of all the great things Tony Parker has accomplished throughout his career with the San Antonio Spurs, a triple-double was not one of them prior to Monday night’s win over the Houston Rockets. When a guard plays more than 11 seasons before picking up his first triple-double, the accomplishment calls for a celebration.
Following the game, Parker was treated to a custom desert at...
Hard to believe that for 11 years playing in the NBA, San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker recorded his first career triple-double last night in the Spurs' win over the Rockets. Parker finished with 27 points, 12 assists, and 12 rebounds en route to a Spurs win.
Who would have thought that after three NBA titles, All-Star appearances, and countless playoff games that TP would...
Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin recently tweeted his recently decorated Christmas tree. Lin is about 6 feet, 3 inches and definitely towers over his tree by just a little. A safe assumption is that his decorated tree is a 6-footer. On another note, Jeremy Lin did include a little caption with his picture that said,
Decorated my first ever christmas tree…like a boss!!...
HOUSTON -- Perhaps this was a special, limited engagement of Linsanity. Rockets guard Jeremy Lin matched his career high of 38 points, but Houston could not overcome the San Antonio Spurs' bevy of sharpshooters, falling 134-126 in overtime Monday night at Toyota Center. Guard Gary Neal paced San Antonio (18-4) with a career-high 29 points, and Tony Parker notched his first...
James Harden missed Monday's game with an ankle injury, but he returned to practice yesterday. Unfortunately, Jeremy Lin suffered his own ankle injury at practice and will be evaluated today. Neither injury was serious, and if Lin has to miss time, it is not expected to be very much time.According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Harden is expected to return...
Tony Parker's celebration of his first triple double (27 points, 12 assists, 12 rebounds against the Houston Rockets) didn't end on the court or locker room on Monday night. Long time friend and native countryman Boris Diaw tweeted a picture congratuling his friend with a delicious looking gift.
Congratulations to my boy @tp9network for his first triple double.
Nearly two weeks ago, the San Antonio Spurs were fined by the NBA for resting their stars.
Now, they own the best record in the league behind a red-hot Tony Parker.
Parker looks to build on his first career triple-double as the visiting Spurs try for a season-high sixth straight win and to continue their dominance of the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
San Antonio (18-4) has won...
The 2011-2012 NBA campaign was chock full of sub-plots; beginning with the Lockout that shortened the regular season to just 66 games, starting on Christmas day. Among other events, we witnessed an ill-fated trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, vetoed by the NBA front office, ending up with the Los Angeles Clippers instead. LeBron James would win the NBA...
HOUSTON -- Perhaps this was a special, limited engagement of Linsanity. Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin matched his career high of 38 points, but Houston could not overcome the San Antonio Spurs' bevy of sharpshooters, falling 134-126 in overtime Monday night at Toyota Center. Guard Gary Neal paced San Antonio (18-4) with 29 points, and Tony Parker added a triple-double of...
The San Antonio Spurs came in this game with 1-0 advantage so far this season against the Houston Rockets. The Rockets were without starting shooting guard James Harden, who hurt his ankle the night before against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Spurs started off sluggish in the first quarter with horrible offense while the Rockets were playing with energy despite not building a huge...
With James Harden sidelined on Monday, Jeremy Lin scored 38 points in the Rockets' loss to the Spurs.
The Houston Rockets are still trying to figure out how to blend the talents of James Harden and Jeremy Lin.
Getting their starting guards back on the court together would help.
Harden and Lin are both questionable with ankle injuries Wednesday night when the Rockets try to avoid a season-high fourth straight defeat with the league-worst Washington Wizards in town.
Well about one quarter into the new season and a few observations can be made. For one thing, it looks like those big deals bringing Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the Lakers have been a little less than successful. There were two good reasons to be a little doubtful of the initial rush to claim new Laker superpower status. One, there's the matter of age. The Lakers are getting...
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Only One D in Texas
The Spurs have not been a defensive-minded team for a few years now. Gregg Popovich has successfully turned his team from a defensive, half-court team to one that gets up the floor and can score in a variety of ways -- using the 3-pointer as much as the hedged...
Gary Neal scored 29 points and Tony Parker had a triple-double
to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 134-126 overtime win against the
Houston Rockets on Monday night.