Terrence Jones has been outstanding for the Rockets this season but LaMarcus Aldridge is a matchup nightmare for the former Cat in the first round series with the Blazers. Aldridge torched Houston for 46 and 43 in the first two games of the series with Jones in the starting lineup, forcing Kevin McHale to go to the bigger Omer Asik in Game 3, Game 4 and again last night in Game 5. Houston won two of three with Asik in for Jones and cut the series to 3-2 at home last night.
Jones is still playing well off the pine, though, whenever he gets an opportunity. Last night he scored eight points with three assists and three rebounds in 22 minutes. He went 4-of-5 from the field and scored a clutch bucket after a Dwight Howard miss to extend Houston’s lead to seven with two minutes to go.
If the Rockets can somehow take the next two games and advance, Jones will likely get his spot back in the starting rotation. But for now, LaMarcus Aldridge is too much for him to handle on the defensive end.