Terrence Jones was inserted into the starting lineup for the Houston Rockets against the 76ers last night and he made the most of it. Jones, a second-year forward out of Kentucky, had 10 points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes. He added three blocks and made 4 of 12 shots from the field, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range. Terrence Jones entered Monday’s game against Toronto with a whopping 15 minutes played in the first seven regular season games combined, all in mop-up duty. Once considered the favorite for Houston’s starting power forward spot, a strong preseason from Omri Casspi coupled with a desire to experiment with Omer Asik alongside Dwight Howard pushed Jones out of the rotation entirely.
Terrence Jones wasn’t sure when his first significant regular-season minutes would come, but he proved ready to play.
But with reserve swingman Francisco Garcia out with the flu, the Rockets (5-3) had minutes to fill, and the second-year power forward from Kentucky took full advantage. In 32 minutes, Jones collected 10 rebounds and blocked four shots on the interior, in addition to playing excellent perimeter defense down the stretch against Rudy Gay (who shot 11-of-37 from the field — below 30%).
Oh, and his 7 points on offense included the go-ahead basket with the game tied in double overtime, 104-104, with barely over a minute left. “I prepared [for tonight] like I prepare every game, to be ready to play if coach gave me the opportunity,” said Jones. “I think I did real well, because we came up with the win.”