Tonight, Rockets fans should treat Brooks and his 15 minutes of run like an ex-boy/girlfriend.
Don't be surprised if he reminds you that you once loved him.
Jeremy Lin is a game-time decision for tonight's Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lin left Game 2 with a bruised chest and started Game 3, but was obviously hampered and left the game for an ice wrap.
Rockets fans can probably agree the Lin that started in Game 3 shouldn't take the court in Game 5. We applaud his desire to grit it out, but he was far from 100%.
If Lin can play, McHale said he would likely bring him off bench in brief stints. Wants to see him, evaluate after no workouts for a week.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) May 1, 2013
To compound problems with Lin, and the already short Rockets rotation, James Harden spent this morning 'feeling ill.'
James Harden feeling ill this morning. Sore throat, etc.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) May 1, 2013
All speculation points towards James Harden starting tonight. But there's been no indication of how the illness/cold may hamper him tonight. He was far from his beardly-best in Game 4 and Rockets fans expect him to bounce back in Game 5.
So it comes to this. Aaron Brooks has found a small place in McHale's backcourt rotation in the last two games. Will we see more of him tonight?
Here's Brooks' numbers this series:
- Game 1: 8 minutes | 5 points | 3 assists
- Game 2: 4 minutes | 0 points | 1 block (<- what?)
- Game 3: 9 minutes | 4 points | 2 assists
- Game 4: 16 minutes | 7 points | 2 assists