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As the NBA exits the All-Star break, Houston holds a three-game lead over the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth and final spot in the playoffs. Looming right behind them are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, two teams with plenty of postseason experience.
On a young roster with only one player over the age of 26, the Rockets could struggle down the stretch. This is not to say the talented team cannot keep up the current trend of winning, but it will be difficult.
Still, Lin is the key for the squad to reach the goal of the postseason this year.
The point guard came into the season with only 25 career starts in the NBA, all of which came during the magical "Linsanity" period with the New York Knicks last season. Amazingly, that makes him one of the most experienced players on the team.
Among the rest of the starters on the Rockets, only Chandler Parsons came into the year with more career starts; the small forward had 57 during his rookie year.
While James Harden was an integral part of the Oklahoma City Thunder's run to the NBA Finals last season, he still came off the bench in the majority of games.
Source: Bleacher Report | ROB GOLDBERG