Jeremy Lin knows it, the team knows it. Their defense needs to tighten up. and that includes Lin. The young Rockets are known for their high efficiency offense, but their defense The Rockets average 105 points per game, second best in the NBA behind Oklahoma. But their opponents score almost 104 points per game, the worst in the NBA.
About the defense, Lin recently said this: “I’d say getting back to our shell defense, basically making sure the weakside is there,” he told the Houston Chronicle Tuesday when asked what area the team needs to work most on. “We gave up a lot of layups and easy things like that. We’d rather have teams forced to kick it out or shoot a 3 or a contested 2, but not a layup. (The Clippers) love finishing at the rim. That’s why [the Clippers game] is going to be a huge weakside defense game.
The Latinos Post offered a game by game analysis of Lin’s defense and it found Lin is being lit up of late by opposing point guards. It concluded that he needed to do a better job defending the screen and using his speed to keep up on defense.
Despite all that, Lin shows promise. He’s third in the league among point guards in steals, blocked shots and taking a charge.