Terrence Jones has jumped into the playoffs for real in this his second season with the Houston Rockets. He only played a mere 35 minutes as a rookie in last season’s first round loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He has played in all four games thus far against the Portland Trail Blazers. Not only is this his first real taste of the NBA Playoffs, it just happens that the opponent is his hometown Portland squad.
He is averaging 8.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in this series.
Just like every other power forward and/or center on the Rockets roster, Jones hasn’t had an answer for Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge. As big as Terrence is, Aldridge just seems to dwarf him when they are matched up against one another.
Aldridge’s jumper off of the pick and roll or facing up on the block is on radar lock and there isn’t anything the Rockets can do about it right now. Dwight Howard has even taken a few turns on him and gotten his eyes dotted as well.
In the event that Aldridge does miss a shot, (it hasn’t happened much, but he’s missed a few) Houston hasn’t been able to complete the defensive possession and secure the valuable defensive rebound. If you’re a Rockets fan (I am) it’s been a maddeningly frustrating thing to behold.
This series is as evenly matched as advertised but all the breaks and loose balls are going the Blazers way. Their backs are now squarely against the proverbial wall, we’ll see if they can turn the tide on Wednesday night.