Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets did not have the playoff debut that the point guard had hoped for, but after stealing the hearts of New York City last year and spending most of his life being overlooked, Lin is ready to bounce back on Wednesday against the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
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Lin struggled in the first game while scoring just four points and four assists and equaling that in turnovers as the Thunder played relentless defense. The Rockets averaged 106 points during the season but were held to 91 in the first game while giving up 120. The Thunder scoring total played into the four matchups during the season, as at least one team scored 120 points each time.
Lin struggled at times during his first full season as a starter and along with James Harden he was held in check in game one. Harden scored 46 points against his former team in the first meeting in the regular season, but he had less than half that in game one, scoring just 20. Lin will try to bring some of his Linsanity magic back on Wednesday and is hoping to come closer to his results during that 10-game stretch when he had 24.6 points and 9.2 assists.
Harden has been the focal point of the offense this year, averaging over 25 points after coming over in a trade from the Thunder and he would love nothing more than to leave Oklahoma City with a win on Wednesday. The Rockets will try to play to their averages, as they ranked second in scoring and seventh in rebounding during the season while also sixth in assists.