I think the biggest obstacle for the Rockets thus far has been the ridiculous Twin Towers experiment. I understand why they did it, as I’ve explained in previous posts, but I’m glad it’s finally over. Now the Rockets can get on with playing the way I’ve expected them to play. They can start playing like they did in the pre-season with good spacing. They key to their success is whether or not McHale is willing to use a 10-man rotation: Howard, TJones, Parsons, Harden, Beverley, Lin, Garcia, Casspi, D-Mo and Asik. I saw a stat recently that shows the Rockets have two players (Harden and I think Parsons) who are in the top five in terms of minutes played in the NBA. This is ridiculous and should not happen with the caliber of talent Rockets have on the team. McHale is playing like he has the same roster he had last season. This is unacceptable and has been one of the big factors for Rockets not performing up to their expectations. Not only do you tire guys like Harden and Parsons out so early in the season, but you also cause guys like Garcia and Casspi to lose their rhythm. So I think if Rockets fix that issue, then they’ll be playing up to their potential and they’ll be winning a lot of games.
The Rockets have six game until they face the Spurs. If Rockets fix their rotation issues, I expect them to go on either a six-game winning streak or lose just one of the next upcoming six games. I do think they can use the Twin Towers lineup against a team like Memphis, though. So that would be an exception.
I don’t think Asik will be on the team for very long, but this Rockets team with Asik as the center off the bench is deadly. If Rockets are all about winning and don’t care about Asik’s wishes, then they would be making a mistake trading Asik. I think this team needs Asik, but they need him coming off the bench. They should also decrease Howard’s minutes so Asik can play at least 20 minutes a game. Again, I don’t see this happening, but this is what SHOULD happen if Rockets area all about winning, rather than pleasing their superstar. That’s the problem with a lot of teams, they don’t always do what they should There’s always extraneous stuff that get in the way. But that’s just the way it is.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to what this team looks like going forward. I don’t really count the games with the Twin Towers experiment. So for me, the season for the Rockets really starts now. Lets see if McHale is up to the task.