Terrence Jones made the most of his first game back in almost four months when the Houston Rockets beat the Sacramento Kings 112-102 Wednesday night. Jones, a rookie, hadn’t played in an NBA game since Dec. 19 and was only in double digits for minutes in a game three times this season, and not since Nov. 19.
But coach Kevin McHale put Jones in for 29 minutes against the Kings, and it was like he had never been gone. Jones was 6-of-11 from the floor and made 14 points. He also had 12 rebounds and two steals plus one assist.
Don’t be surprised if the rookie from Kentucky sees action in a few more games during the regular season. He’s been spending a lot of time in the Development League, but showed the Rockets what he can do against a Kings team that is 27-48, but hasn’t been playing bad basketball in recent months. He’s averaging 4.0 points and 2.5 assists per game, and shooting 42.2 percent from the floor.
Jones has a solid collegiate background so it’s not shocking that he would have a strong game for the Rockets. He averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks at Kentucky in playing a key role in the team’s drive to the 2012 national championship.
He entered the draft early and went in the first round and was picked 18th overall. He played in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas and tied for sixth in rebounding and 15th in scoring. He had an excellent game in mid-July for Houston against the Portland Trail Blazers with 24 points on 11-of-20 field goal shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Jones wants to see more time from McHale but if and when he gets it , it wouldn’t hurt him to play as well as he did against the Rockets. One bad game, and he might not get another chance.