Jones Drops 16 in Summer League Game
Against the John Wall-less Washington Wizards on Saturday night, Terrence Jones scored 16 points to go with five rebounds and two assists in his second summer league game. Jones came off the bench to go 7-10 on field goals (1-2 from three point range) in the 76-70 loss, and joined Jeremy Lamb as the only other Rocket to score double digits. Josh “Jorts” Harrellson also saw some playing time for the Rockets, but went scoreless and grabbed only two rebounds in his five minute outing.
With the Rockets’ questionable surplus of young power forwards, it’s currently unclear whether Jones, Harrellson, and Patrick Patterson will be staying on the roster or used as trade bait for Jeremy Lin and/or Omer Asik. You’ve got to wonder whether there’s some mad scientist plan hatching in the corridors of the Rockets’ offices- a team can’t run on forwards alone. However, when ESPN’s The Daily Dime asked coach Kevin McHale about his team’s youth, he implied that the plan was for the Rockets to start with a young core and go from there:
"It is what it is," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "Everybody wants to coach veterans, but we’re not gonna have veterans, we’re going to have young guys. So you’re just going to have to go out there and coach ‘em up, teach ‘em up."
So at least for now, the kids are all right in Houston. The Rockets have today off and will resume play on Monday at 6:30pm ET against the Sacramento Kings. For video of an interview with T. Jones after the game, click here.