Average on defense? They give up 100pts per game, and currently ranked 29th. Only ahead of the bobcats.
Also, I advise you to look at other boards. I post on the Pistons site as well, and posters always complain about B. Knight, but the difference is ... no one is calling him an allstar or a top pg in the league. As far as Westbrook, Rondo and Curry .. no one really complains about their turnovers because of theirs assists, points. consistency, and defense.
As for Lillard, dude is a rookie .. come on. And Holiday has improved every single year he's been in the league.
Not saying Lin is a bad point guard, but he needs to be more consistent and cut down on the 6/7 game turnovers. There is area for improvement. Just don't think he's the allstar you make him out to be, especially when you have point guards in the league like Chris Paul, Toney Parker, Kyle Irving, Rondo, and Westbrook.
Nobody calls Lin an all star. Lins defense is solid and has been so for the entire season. Lin is also a rookie in terms of experience hasn't even started a full nba season. If Jrue has improved every year why can't lin do the same get real. And how many PG's who have less than a season as a full time starter under there belt are all stars? And how many PG's who have less than a season as a full time starter under there belt are consistent. He is young he is supposed to be inconsistent. A lot of what you said makes no sense.
Reading is fundamental, I stated that there is room for improvement with Lin, which indicates he can in fact improve and most likely will as he gain more experience.
And no one called Lin an allstar??? really, no one? Not only on this board has he been called an allstar but apparently a lot of other people think so as well, since he's 3rd in allstar votes among guards.
As far as the inconsistent argument, I brought it up because of the statements saying no one points out turnovers in other point guards, but fact is they do and for the one's that doesn't get this criticism as much is because they're consistent, able to control the game, and is more of a scoring threat on a night in and night out bases.
Now what I been trying to say is that .. in order for the rockets to take the next step, Lin has to be more consistent, cut down on the turnovers and the team has to do better on defense, but people want to take offense to that?? WOW
In the western conference, these things are the difference between 4th and 8th place and advancing out the first round.
Also as far as defense, opp. ppg is huge in the playoffs. Look at the leading teams in that conference scoring stats who also play fast pace and are considered championship contenders.
1. Clippers - 8th in scoring / 4th in scoring defense
2. Spurs - 3rd in scoring/ 9th in scoring defense
3. OKC - 2nd in scoring / 10th in scoring defense
There's a reason houston is 7-12 in their conference. Defense just needs to be tightened before the playoffs, because although they're a scoring machine, once the playoffs start, teams will target and focus on taking Harden and Lin out of their game. And most likely they will draw San Antonio or Memphis who can be bullies on the defensive side and still score with the best of them.
If it makes any of you feel better, our defense need to improve as well ... is that better?