Lawson came off the bench for the first time this season Wednesday and struggled mightily, notching only two points (1-8 FG) to go with an assist and a steal. Lawson began the year as the Rockets' starting point guard, but was replaced by Jason Terry after shooting just 31.8% from the field to start the season. He still played a solid 20 minutes off the bench, but was still rendered ineffective for the most part. The 28-year-old usually is a decent source of assists, but even that aspect of his game was lacking against the Trail Blazers. Lawson definitely didn't help his case for more playing time with another poor performance, so it'll be tough for him to find his way back into the starting lineup until he finds a way to make more shots from the field.
Lawson will come off the bench Wednesday against Portland, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. Lawson has been underachieving for the Rockets, and after seeing his minutes decline over the past five games he will now come off the bench while Jason Terry gets the start. Lawson will likely see an again reduced amount of minutes and it is unclear if he will get back to the starting lineup anytime soon.
Coach Kevin McHale said he's entertained the idea of benching Lawson in an attempt to lift the Rockets out of their dismal 4-7 start to the season, ESPN.com's Calvin Watkins reports. A number of players are underachieving for the Rockets in the early going, with Lawson being one of the chief offenders. He's seen his minutes count decline in each of the last five games for the Rockets, averaging a paltry 5.6 points (on 26.2 percent shooting), 5.2 assists, and 2.4 rebounds during that span. The absence of Patrick Beverley (ankle) has perhaps delayed any lineup changes, but Lawson could nonetheless hit the bench temporarily in favor of Jason Terry if for no other reason than to light a fire under Lawson.
Lawson was held scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting but contributed seven assists, a steal, and a block over 34 minutes in Friday's 107-98 loss to the Nuggets. Lawson simply could not get it going in his return to Denver, and has now shot an atrocious 17 percent (5-for-29) over his last three contests. The veteran guard is averaging a paltry 9.3 points so far this season, almost six points below his last season's 15.2 figure in that category. Lawso also seen a substantial drop in assists over the first nine games, averaging only 5.8 dimes nightly after tallying a 9.6 assists metric in 2014-15.
Lawson grabbed a double-double Monday against the Thunder, posting 14 points, five rebounds, 11 assists, and four steals in 37 minutes of action. Lawson has had a rather rocky start to the season, and its finally encouraging to see him have a strong performance alongside James Harden. There have been questions as to whether or not he'd be able to contribute strong fantasy numbers on his new team, but it appears the potential could still be there based on Monday's performance.
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