Jeremy Lin: 'Rockets' Goal this Season is to Make the Playoffs'; Preview, Schedule of Rockets vs. Hawks Game Tonight (Nov. 2)

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Jeremy Lin opened up his season debut with the Houston Rockets with a win over the Detroit Pistons. 

Lin opened up the season playing 35 minutes, scoring 12 points with 8 assists and 4 rebounds 4 steals and 4 turnovers. 

During the off-season, Lin had a knee surgery and many have been questioning his readiness for the regular season. 

"This was the best my body has felt in a while, a few months," he said after the win on Oct. 31. "I'm glad I got that first one out of the way. I know what to expect, and how my body's going to respond.

Lin said the goal with the Rockets this season is to make the playoffs. 

"I think if you make the playoffs nothing else really matters," Lin said. "No one's going to be like, 'Oh, he got this, or he did that.' No, we made the playoffs. We're going to play some more games. That's all that matters.Every season, every team has a different identity and I think I need to find out what that means; maybe on one team it's more rebounds or assists, I don't know. For me it's just going in and being aggressive, taking what the defense gives me and then just trying to be effective and whatever the line is at the end of the day, that's what the line is. But I think we're all focused on just trying to make the right play to win."

Tonight, Lin will try to keep the winning streak going when the Rockets take on the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m.

During the preseason, Lin started in five of six preseason games and averaged 5 points, 2.2 rebounds 6.2 assists, and 2.4 steals per game.

The Rockets has won four of its six preseason games. In the last three games that Lin started in, he scored 13 points. Lin is fourth overall in the NBA in terms of assists per 48 minutes among players who have averaged at least 20 minutes per game so far, according to the Rockets.

In July, Lin left New York for Houston after they did not agree to pay Lin more than the $25 million over three years that the Rockets were offering. 

The Rockets' offer to Lin reportedly pays $5 million in the first year, $5.225 million in the second and $14.8 million in the third and the NBA general managers said the Knicks not matching Jeremy Lin offer was one of the most surprising move of the off-season.

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