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Hitting a 3-pointer is among one of the more difficult tasks in sports, but the Rockets didn't seem to have any trouble doing so in their 140-109 win over the Warriors on Tuesday. They tied the NBA record for a game with 23 and probably would have broken it had the Warriors not intentionally fouled their shooters several times near the end of the game. Were the Warriors playing fairly?
Jeremy Lin is having a decent season in Houston, but his position in the All-Star voting might come as a surprise to some fans. Lin is third among Western Conference guards in the voting -- he's only 55,000 votes behind Chris Paul. Winning would nab him a starting spot, but does he deserve one?
Right, it's only one game (a mere 1.2 percent of the season), but the Rockets and James Harden looked pretty good in a 105-96 win over the Pistons. Harden scored 37 points, Jeremy Lin added 12 (including eight assists, four rebounds, and four steals), and the team as a whole looked like it might be getting started on those dynasty plans a year early. Or maybe not. The Pistons aren't exactly the Lakers. But then again, the Lakers aren't exactly the Lakers, at least through the first two games.
$80 million is a lot of money, but it looked like the Rockets spent it well after last night.
The third time was the charm for the Houston Rockets. Unable to swing trades with the Lakers for Pau Gasol or the Magic for Dwight Howard, they landed a blockbuster on Saturday, obtaining James Harden from the Rockets in a six-player deal in which they sent Kevin Martin to Oklahoma City. Reaction poured in from NBA players on Twitter.
Is this houston/okc trade legit??— demarcus cousins(@boogiecousins) October 28, 2012
Really sad to see Kmart and JLamb go...both class acts and great teammates. Welcome Harden, Cook, Aldrich and Hayward to Houston!!— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) October 28, 2012
That trade really happened? Wow— Maurice Harkless (@moe_harkless) October 28, 2012
Hahahahahahahaha hahahaha. OKC is bugging!!!!Hahahahahahahahaha— Malik Allen (@THEleekAllen30) October 28, 2012
James Harden? Is That Trade Real?— Carl Landry (@CarlLandry) October 28, 2012
Jeremy Lin is going to Houston, as the Knicks officially declined to match the Rockets' contract offer. The Lin story likely will end up a bittersweet memory for Knicks fans -- he came on like a comet during the 2011-12 season, but left just as quickly. Letting him go might be the right decision, but emotionally, there's no way it was an easy choice.
The right decision?
Jeremy Lin would have cost the Knicks an awful lot of money in the final year of his contract because of luxury tax rules and the like, but it's not as if the Knicks lack for money.
The Rockets still aren't there in terms of being a championship team, but Lin could be an important piece of the puzzle.
The Knicks still have Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, but their window to win a championship may be closing fast.