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By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610
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Houston (CBS Houston)– The Houston Rockets are three games into the preseason with a 2-1 record, with their two wins happening during their trip to Manila, Philippines and Taipei, Taiwan.

“It was nice to get away. You see a new part of the country, but it’s a long way to go to play two exhibition games,” Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said Tuesday. “Today was a good day, yesterday we had off. We’ll see what kind of energy we have tomorrow night.”

Point guard Jeremy Lin agreed that the travel has hit him hard physically.

“I’ve dealt with it horribly,” Lin said. “I’ve been up since forever, I couldn’t fall asleep the night we landed and last night either, I’m hurting right now.”

McHale also addressed the fact that Lin came off the bench in the Rockets’ second preseason game as a backup shooting guard next to Patrick Beverley.

“We have two starting point guards, they’re both playing really well, I’m excited to have them both playing well,” McHale said. “They’re different which is nice. It’s nice to have two different guys; Patrick (Beverly) gets his hands on so many different balls, such a defensive dynamic and shoots it very well. Jeremy’s an attack guard. I think Jeremy’s playing really well, he looks good and he’s moving really well. Both of those guys are playing really well which is fantastic for us.”

Lin said he was unconcerned about the point guard competition and coming off the bench.

“To be honest, I’m OK with it,” Lin said. “I don’t think it really matters who starts, I think it really matters more about the rotation, the time that you play or who finishes. There are so much more important things than starting. Last year I started some games and played 15 minutes in the game and so it really doesn’t matter if you start or come off the bench.”

The Rockets have a game against the Orlando Magic and host the Dallas Maverick on Monday.

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