Green saved Houston.
The Houston Rockets won 119-114 in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at the Houston Toyota Center on the 24th (hereinafter Korean time).
Houston, at the bottom of the Western Conference, was mired in a 13-game losing streak. Also, in the previous match against Minnesota, they lost by 9 points. In this game, ace Jalen Green bowed his head with a 10-point shooting success rate of 23.1% (3/13).
The desperate Green transformed into a completely different player that day. Green swept 13 points from the first quarter, revealing his will to escape from losing streak. He showed off his good condition by bombarding 8 and 10 points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, respectively.
The fourth quarter was also Green’s solo stage. Houston could not control Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards and allowed a one-point chase. However, Green extinguished the fire with a bottom-of-the-goal shot. In the attack that followed, he put in a 3-point shot and a pull-up jumper, virtually deciding the game.
Green’s final record for the day was 42 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, including 6 3-pointers. It is his career high in scoring. 안전놀이터
In an interview after the game, Green revealed that the sluggishness in the last game was an opportunity to rebound.
Green said, “The sluggishness of the previous game remained in my head. However, the players and coaching staff relied on me. We desperately wanted victory. As a result, we went out on the court and won the victory.”
Houston’s head coach Stephen Silas also smiled at Green’s performance.
“Jaylen Green was ready,” Silas said. “We had to relax and focus for 48 minutes. Green did it well. He was the leader of our team.”
Green wore a Houston uniform with the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft. He was evaluated as Houston’s next-generation franchise star and raised expectations from many.
However, Houston, which is rebuilding, has more losses than victories. In this process, Green showed ups and downs and left regret.
But Green did not give up. He emerged as Houston’s leader and ended his long losing streak with his own hands on this day. Attention is focusing on whether Green, who has gained momentum, can lead Houston’s rebound.