Houston Rockets: The problems with a small ball lineup

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

After winning six games in a row with their revamped lineup, the Houston Rockets have dropped four straight. Here are the problems with this type of lineup.

Last night’s Houston Rockets game was hard to watch. The Orlando Magic came out swinging and never gave the Houston Rockets a chance, winning 126-106.  The Orlando Magic outplayed the Rockets in every facet of the game.

This pushed the Houston Rockets losing streak to four games in a row. Normally, this wouldn’t be such an issue if it were in the middle of the year, but as long-time Houston Rockets play-by-play man Bill Worrell said during tonight’s broadcast, this is not how you want to play down the stretch. DJ Augustin lead the Magic with 24 points, two rebounds and three assists. Russell Westbrook had 24 points, eight assists and four assists for the Houston Rockets.

This “small ball” line up the Rockets has orchestrated concerns me for the Rockets playoff hopes. I was very much against the Feb. 4 trade that sent Clint Capela packing for Atlanta and the Rockets received Robert Covington. While we may have gotten a draft pick and saved some cap

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room, Clint Capela was my favorite player on the Rockets because I saw endless potential in his game.

His offensive and defensive game have grown so much since he first came into the league. I think he would have been Houston’s next “big man star.” I think every team should have at least two big men in their line up so that they have a presence in the paint and are able to keep the guards on the perimeter, not having to worry about pounding in the paint. Call me a basketball purist, but that’s how I feel the game of basketball should be played.

I noticed how gassed the Rockets looked versus the Magic because everyone was doing everything instead of splitting up duties to conserve energy.

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Hopefully, things will turn around quickly for the Rockets and they start playing better down the stretch. Otherwise, this small-ball experiment will blow up in Daryl Morey’s face and a lot of fans including myself might question his decision-making and management of the team.

For now, it’s on to the next game. #OneMission