Day of rest seems to work for Rockets
To the players, Monday's day off from practice was just what the doctor ordered.
Typically, a day like Monday would be a practice day following a Sunday game, with no game on Saturday. But after the team got blown out 108-78 to the Warriors, those plans changed. Kevin McHale gave his troops the day off to "think about things." After that game, Chandler Parsons talked about getting the loss' disgusting aftertaste out of their mouths.
The result was a team full of players getting after it during Tuesday's practice in preparation for the Rockets' Wednesday game against the Jazz.
"I think it was good," Parsons said, as he talked about the day off. "Just to get away from it for a little bit. Take a mental day. Let our bodies recover.
"Just hanging out. Just not coming here. Like, I just hung out, went to eat, came to an Alicia Keys concert, really just chilled and got away from basketball for a little bit and tried not to think about it."
Jeremy Lin took his time off to get his mind off things too.
"(I) went to another gym and kind of cleared my mind," Lin said. "(I) got some shots up. For me, that's like therapy.
"We went and rested yesterday and got our minds off basketball," the point guard continued. We're all really refreshed. We had a great practice (Tuesday)."
Of course, as Kevin McHale acknowledged on Tuesday, there's no real way to see if the Monday therapeutic day-off worked until game day.
But on Tuesday, the players were clearly more focused on learning from Sunday as opposed to being disgusted for what took place that night.