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Jeremy Lin before Damian Lillard’s series-winning buzzer beater: ‘I was like, oh we won, the game is over.’

May 3, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

Before there was Damian Lillard on Friday, there was Chandler Parsons.

With the game tied at 96 and the Rockets’ season on the line, it appeared as though Houston had avoided elimination by the slimmest of margins.

James Harden missed an incredibly difficult shot with the game clock winding down, thanks in no small part by the lockdown defense employed by Wes Matthews. But the rebound ended up in the hands of Parsons, who put in a reverse layup that left just 0.9 seconds on the clock, and gave the Rockets a two-point lead that appeared as though it would stick.

Jeremy Lin was among those who believed that the series was headed back to Houston.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

After Rockets forward Chandler Parsons scored to put the Rockets up 98-96 near the end of the Game 6, guard Jeremy Lin thought it was over.

“I was like, man we got it,” Lin said. “I was like, oh we won, the game is over. We scored. I didn’t even know there was .9 left till we had the timeout. Then the worst case scenario was overtime cause we said no 3s.”

You can say “no threes” all you want. But with less than a second left on the clock, and considering the fact that Lillard is fading away on a catch-and-shoot three from well beyond the arc, that’s not something that can be planned for, and Lillard simply could not be stopped.

  1. 1harrypairatesties - May 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Bye bye Houston.

    • Observer157 - May 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Jeremy Lin had guarded Lillard to 0 4th quarter points until the dumb McHale benching. Parsons torched again on defense. Harden choked in the 4th again no defense and more loser iso at the end. Hope this means Lin gets to leave Shawshank Houston, McHale fired, Harden exposed, David Hardisty out of the closet.

      James Harden epic choke job in the playoffs:
      Game 1- 8-28
      Game 2- 6-19
      Game 3- 13-35
      Game 4- 9-21
      Game 5- 5-15
      Game 6 – 9-15
      Plus WORST DEFENSE in the league all series and zero leadership.

  2. jacobk621 - May 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Dwight Howard will never win a title ,, he’s like SchlepRock from the Flintstones ,, Bad Luck !!!!!!

    • ranfan12 - May 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Why didn’t you say he was bad luck when he went to the finals lol.

    • cristren - May 3, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Down the stretch, DW missed 4 straight free throws, terrible.

      • ranfan12 - May 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        turrible

    • rohlo - May 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Says the trailblazers fan who prob has never had a chance to see his team win a championship in person….I mean Considering it was 1977 most 40 years ago..no blazers fan should be saying someone isn’t gonna win a title when your franchise hasn’t even won one in the modern era …chances u won win one this year either… The curse of Sam bowie. Great job blazers for passing on jordan!!!

    • rtothel - May 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      I have to admit, even though I’m a Blazers fan, …..I was very impressed with Dwight Howard. I’ve always thought he was a 7-foot crybaby. But I didn’t see it this time. He brought his A-game into every game of this series. He was fearless. Went straight to work. Didn’t cry like a baby. He was the only consistent player the Rockets had for the whole series. He was an absolute monster. I think he’s really matured? If he improves his free throw shooting, he’ll be impossible to stop. Mad props to Dwight Howard. He was incredible.

      Peace!!

      • innovativethinking87 - May 4, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        Dwight Howard was amazing this series. James Harden is the one who blew it. Stop blaming Lin, stop blaming the coach, he was terrible this series. Rocket fans just don’t want to admit it but he blew the series for ya..

  3. fanofthegame79 - May 3, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I thought Portland would win this series, I’ve been impressed with them since last off-season with some of the moves they made. That being said, this shot was absolutely amazing to see live. I happened to watch the last 3:40 of the game and that shot had me saying ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod…. I was hoping Houston would win last night (something about back-to-back days with three game 7’s had me salivating), but winning in that fashion was worth it.

  4. chriskrankin - May 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    My question is how does Parsons get assigned to guard Lillard on the last shot? That was a terrible decision.

    • Kurt Helin - May 3, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      He’s long and a pretty good defender. Not a bad call but needed to switch/double — you had to know what option #1 was.

    • stoudemelo - May 4, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Who would you have preferred?

  5. therealhtj - May 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Not so good at math after all.

    • void96eater - May 3, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      That was uncalled for.

      • Bonerfied Genius - May 3, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Calm down you politically correct dingleberry therealhtj’s comment was hilarious!

      • eugenesaxe1 - May 3, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Actually, it’s pretty good. Sometimes the world needs to lighten up. If that’s the worst stereotype you can come up with…

    • rtothel - May 3, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      The only math he needs, is to count his millions of dollars while playing in the NBA. Math is only important to losers like ourselves who demand correct change afer laying down a buck for a .99 cent cheeseburger.

  6. phaden27 - May 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    That thought lasted about as long as when his commercials were on tv.

  7. socalcharger - May 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Lillard’s a beast, but this loss is on mchale. Lillards 5-9, Matthews 2-8 and Batum 1-6 from deep before that shot. The last thing that should have happened is Lillard getting a free look at the basket. Dwight should have been told to front Aldridge and close out and Jones should have been helping challenge as well. Blazers deserve to advance, but that last defensive series was a total breakdown.

    • philzblog - May 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Well said!! NO BLAZER should’ve had an open look 3.

      After McHale?? Calipari and Szechevski, too smart to leave for pros. Popovich the best, hope Lin goes there!

    • bkallday52 - May 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      well agree’d .. i dont understand why would you put someone to guard the inbounder with .9 seconds left instead of making him focus on someone coming to the ball. the inbounder wont get the ball back with .9 seconds. HORRIBLE coaching decision by mchale…. Houston had their chances to advance.. Game 4 up 2 with 6 seconds left Jeremy lin turns the ball over and Portland forces OT ..smh

  8. harshedmellow - May 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    For us Blazers fans, that was a singularly awesome moment. Watching the local broadcast, the announcers were in full-on doom and gloom mode, bitching about how Howard had pushed two Blazers out of bounds to allow Parsons to get that rebound… and very cognizant that our chances in Houston for a game 7 were not good.

    Then….. Rip City! :)

    Very cool.

  9. charlutes - May 3, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Or the headline could be: Jeremy Lin, con artist set to make almost double Demar Derozan next year… Good luck with that Rockets. Any GM who signs that player to that deal is a foolish clown who will not have a job soon.

    • rohlo - May 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Actually line contract is expiring after next season which makes it more valuable. Oh and do some reasearch. The contract for the rockets is only and 8 million cap figure for lin. It’s listed as 15 million but it is worked a different way.

  10. jbusa1 - May 3, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Lillard getting totally open on the double screen was a high-school-quality defensive breakdown by Houston. Bad coaching by McHale. But MAN, Damian Lillard is one bad stone cold assassin. I’m going out today to buy a pair of Adidas!

  11. antistratfordian - May 3, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    It ain’t over til that buzzer sounds, Mr. Lin.

  12. ladyheart15 - May 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    its true howard will not win a title until hen retires he is cursed by lakers

  13. balfe13 - May 3, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    No way that guy actually went to Harvard.

  14. innovativethinking87 - May 4, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Interesting nobody really blames James Harden lol

  15. marcuspokus - May 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    There are 2 words that Coach McHale forgot to say that could have helped the rockets win the game during that timeout huddle. SWITCH EVERYTHING!!!!! He didn’t and that’s why they’re gone fishing.

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