Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  28 responses

Patrick Beverley to Start Over Jeremy Lin

The point guard battle in Houston has been won by Patrick Beverley, sending Jeremy Lin to the bench. Rockets head coach Kevin McHale wouldn’t tell the media who would start tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats, but Chandler Parsons spilled the beans. Per CSN Houston: “I don’t know why it’s a big surprise,’ Parsons said. ‘It’s the same as how the preseason ended.’ That means Patrick Beverley will not only make his first opening night roster, he’ll be making his first opening night start. ‘I haven’t had the fortune to play in the NBA on opening night,’ Beverley said. ‘It’s going to be my first. I’m definitely excited.’ It also means the twin towers experiment of Omer Asik and Dwight Howard will be used to tipoff the season. This year’s starting five: Beverley, James Harden, Parsons, Howard and Asik. The experience level of their starting lineup will be drastically different from a year ago. The starting five last year was Asik, Marcus Morris, Parsons, Harden and Jeremy Lin.”

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  • Stepfan Raiford

    Patrick Beverley the Russell Wilson of the NBA? J Lin Matt Flynn?

  • Karl

    This will be good for my fantasy team and for the Houston Rockets. JLin will be one of the best 6th men in the NBA this year and I expect him to take full advantage against other team’s second units.

  • greg

    This is good for Lin, there is no room for him to drive and play pick and roll with dwight while Omer is on the court. It will be very difficult to score on that lineup for sure

  • Cortez Mack

    I will check back with you at the all-star break and see how you feel about your high hopes for Lin.

  • solito

    Point guard is not the problem position for Huston, Lin and Beverley will be a great setup either way. But I don’t see this “twin tower” line-up working… Neither of the two dudes has anything that could remotely be considered a mid-range / high-post game. Parish and McHale could both shoot 15 footers and post up, so they were interchangeable… In Huston, these guys don’t have any range beyond 5 feet.

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  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    I think this could be a blessing in disguise for Lin. He seems to defer a little too much when Harden’s also on the court and has always been more effective running the offense. Could be better for him.

  • LakeShow

    I didn’t think they would do it because of politics.

    Basketball wise, it makes a hell of allot more sense.

    Lin will still score around 15 points and get 5 dimes off the bench for them. He’s better in the 6th man role I feel.

    And Beverly will give them a better defensive unit to start the game and slow all these great PG’s.

    Lin will be traded if anyone will take him.


    What I don’t like… Asik playing Center with Howard at “power forward”… Yuck.

  • LakeShow


  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Regarding your last statement that would be an absolute train wreck.

  • Dfrance

    And we all know how good Beverly is at slowing great PGs.

  • Cortez Mack

    “Lin will still score around 15 points and get 5 dimes off the bench for them.”

    No way, no how. He can barely do that as a starter. Where are all his attempts going to come from?

  • Ugh

    Can I upvote this five times?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray


  • LakeShow

    He is better as a 6th man is why he’ll improve.

    He put up 14.6 and 6 in NY in 27 mpg.

    He put up 13 and 6 last year playing against starters and competing for having the ball in his hands.

    He’ll have something close to 15-5.

  • LakeShow

    Prepare to watch, that’s what McHale’s dumbass is up too haha.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    5 bucks says somebody’s gonna snuff that kid before Christmas. Just to put his exuberance in check.

  • Cortez Mack

    Maybe I am missing something. I did not like him in New York during the apex of his “arrival”.

    To me, Lin is the Chuck Wepner of basketball and I, for one, am happy for him. That does not make his skill level any better or worse than it is.

    Let us circle back on this come February.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Oh boy. I mean the the twin towers thing usually works as long as one of your bigs can hit a decent jumper.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    I see what you’re doing here.

  • spit hot fiyah

    beverly is a top 5 defensive point guard imo, and they have him for super cheap for 2 more years. morey is a boss

  • berkamore

    Co-sign 1000%. He doesn’t only slow them for one game no, that’s too easy. He slows them for MONTHS at a time.

  • Biggggg in here

    this is a moment when you just say…. DUHHHHH!

  • ballislife

    This is good for Lin? Really? its like saying at your job that the guy who gets promoted is not you but its supposed to be good for you? The silver lining is that Lin is pretty much done being a starter on a good team.

  • ATL dynamite
  • spit hot fiyah

    he made holiday look like a d-leager in that game

  • Dfrance

    Man him and Avery Bradley are scary good on ball defenders. It’s not enough to just keep the man in front, they want to take the rock and your manhood while they’re at it. lol

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