It’s hard to believe Lin is wishing for the Rockets to lose so that his return and contribution is that much more appreciated than usual, but if Beverley suddenly turns into a point guard that knows what to do with the ball except drive to the basket from time to time between giving it up for Harden, Lin is going to be in trouble. His benching and becoming a sixth man wasn’t only about giving the second unit a playmaker. It was about defining boundaries and setting a hierarchy. Too bad that even if Harden goesballistic over the next few games and puts on some monster games leading to victories (which is something he can do), the long run goal, which is the most important thing, will take a hit, as McHale or whoever makes the decisions will actually think that this one on one basketball is the way to bring success back to Houston.
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