Jeremy Lin is settling in with the Houston Rockets just in time.
With the playoffs less than four weeks away, the point guard is currently playing better than he ever has with his new club. In March, Lin is having his best month, putting up season highs with 14.7 points on 50 percent field goal shooting.
The improvement in Lin’s game began after the All-Star Game after struggling in the first half of the season. The 24-year-old had trouble adjusting to his new situation in Houston and was unable to replicate the success he had with the New York Knicks in 2012.
In the first four months of the season, Lin failed to score double-digits in 39 percent of the Rockets games. In March, that number has dropped to just 18. Lin’s nine-point outing on Friday broke a string of 10 straight games in which he scored at least 10 points.
Lin’s level of play has correlated with the Rockets record. Few teams have played as well as Houston in the past 11 games. The team has gone 8-3 over that span, improving to eight games over .500. Earlier in the season, it looked like the Rockets might miss the postseason. Now, they trail the sixth seed Golden State Warriors by just one game.
After becoming one of the most popular players in the NBA during “Linsanity,” it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the point guard would re-sign with the Knicks as a free agent. New York, though, was unwilling to match Houston’s contract offer of $25 million over three years. The combination of Lin and James Harden has become one of the best backcourts in the Western Conference, making Houston a formidable opponent.
Lin engineers an offense that may be the most dangerous in the NBA. The Rockets average 106.4 points per game, which is more than any team in the league.
Houston has also showed an ability to compete with the upper echelon teams in basketball. The club has won its most recent contests against the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Brooklyn Nets. They also came close to defeating the Miami Heat during their winning streak, trailing by just one possession in the final seconds of their Feb. 6 loss.