Parsons: Benchings are a good thing

Parsons: Benchings are a good thing
January 22, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Kevin McHale is going to play whoever he thinks gives his team the best chance to win the game.

If that means playing newcomer Patrick Beverly or sitting starting point guard Jeremy Lin, he’s going to do it. If it means sitting starting forward Patrick Patterson for Marcus Morris, he’s going to do it. If it means playing Carlos Delfino for 25 minutes and Cole Aldrich for 18, so be it.

And it’s not a bad thing, according to forward Chandler Parsons.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Parsons said. “If your back is against the wall and in the back of your mind, you’re going to get benched if you’re not doing your job. I think Coach McHale is bringing that, where if you’re not playing hard or not doing your job, somebody else will. The last couple games, he’s meant it.”

McHale's reasoning for playing Beverley over Lin?

"I thought Patrick Beverly was playing well," he said.

Simple as that.

The Rockets returned to practice on Tuesday at home at the Toyota Center. The team hasn’t been able to practice much recently because of their road trip but will be home on Wednesday to face the Denver Nuggets.

Against the Bobcats, in the Rockets' first win since Jan. 8, Lin played just 24:11, while Beverley played 23:49. Morris played 32:59, while starter Patterson played just 8:27.

“It’s always going to be like that. I can’t play 38 minutes a night,” Patterson said on Tuesday. “I’m gonna come out. Throughout the rest of the year, it’s going to be like that so I have to get used to it. I have to be comfortable with it. I have to be able to use my energy wisely. I just have to play good basketball when I’m out there on the court.”