The Houston Rockets lost on Friday to the Indiana Pacers by the score of 114-81. It was their worst loss of the season and their fifth loss in their last nine game. The loss dropped the Rockets to 17-10, 2nd in the Southwest Division. They played without center Omer Asik and guard Jeremy Lin.
As reported by the Associated Press through ESPN.com, coach Kevin McHale stated before the game that Asik did not make the trip and Lin would miss his third consecutive game due to back spasms. He did not indicate how much more time Lin would miss. Lin missed six games earlier in the season with a bruised right knee.
Francisco Garcia and Aaron Brooks continued to get the bulk of the minutes backing up Patrick Beverley and James Harden, but both struggled against the Pacers. Garcia had five points and three rebounds in 24 minutes, but shot only 2-of-6 from the floor. Brooks was 0-of-7 from the floor and had only one point in 18 minutes.
Lin's presence is needed to provide much needed offensive spark. He's having his best shooting season of his career, hitting 49.7 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line. In 18 games, Lin is averaging 14.3 points, 4.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds, in 28.8 minutes per game.