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Houston Rockets Need To Utilize Omer Asik’s Rebounding Talent More Effectively

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Omer Asik and his Houston Rockets need to get a win in a hurry after suffering a disappointing loss Wednesday night.

The Rockets have lost two tough games back-to-back including a 110-107 NBA verdict to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. This comes a few days after a 105-103 loss to the Washington Wizards. The Rockets obviously don’t want close losses to become contagious if they’re to make the playoffs, and the Los Angeles Lakers are obviously rooting for all of Houston’s opponents.

It appeared for a while, with Asik having an outstanding night on the boards, that the Rockets might be able to pull out a victory.

Asik wound up with 22 rebounds, including 16 on the defensive side. He also had an outstanding offensive night with 7-of-12 shooting for 16 points.

Despite Wednesday’s loss, which featured an amazing fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer by Monta Ellis, Asik’s performance give the Rockets, 31-28, something to build on besides James Harden’s point production.

Offensively, Asik has always been a smooth shooter, and is at 55.8 percent this season and 52 percent for his career.

Coming to the Rockets from the Bulls was a major boost for Asik’s career. He averaged around 13 minutes a game his first two years with the Bulls. With the Rockets, he’s started all 59 games, and is averaging around 30 minutes an outing.

Asik is earning every minute of playing time the Rockets are giving him, and he especially earned his paycheck on Wednesday. Now, he just needs to help his team figure out how to win the close games.