He doesn’t shoot well against the defending NBA champions, and it showed in a 114-108 loss. Wednesday night against the Heat, Lin was three-of-ten from the field, He scored seven of his points from the free-throw line. He could have taken lessons from the master, LeBron James, who is shooting 60 percent in his last 12 games.
Lin has been inconsistent in recent games, and needs to get consistent in a hurry for the Rockets. He played to his true form the previous night, in the Rockets historic 140-109 whipping over the Golden State Warriors.
Lin was 10-of-16 from the floor, and had 28 points while dishing out nine assists in that game, bringing up memories of his glory days last season. Prior to the Golden State game, Lin had another poor performance against the Charlotte Bobcats of all teams. He turned the ball over four times. Lin has been taking care of the ball most of the season, making him very valuable for his team in another special way. He was 4-of-10 from he floor for nine points.
Go back another game, and he scored 22 points with five assists. Eventually, Lin will find his range on a more consistent basis and deliver on a scale that will take the Rockets to the next level.
The Rockets are looking for Lin to take more of the scoring load off James Harden‘s shoulders. Sometimes he does, but sometimes he doesn’t. Harden had 36 points against the Heat. But he needs Lin to come through every game and to limit the off-nights.