Rockets not at full speed yet
October 3, 2013, 4:00 pm
Howard wants to slow things down
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With two days until the Rockets take the court for their first preseason game, the team is still working out the kinks in their own game.
“We’re not going to get everything down pat right away. It takes time,” Rockets center Dwight Howard said. “The biggest thing is not to get frustrated with it, not allow the mistakes to slow us down, but to keep moving. I think we’re doing a pretty good job at it.”
The Rockets scrimmaged Thursday afternoon, playing game-like situations with referees and free throws, but stopping every few possessions to make sure everyone’s on the same page and reset on offense and defense.
“Right now we don’t have to go 100 miles an hour until we get everything down, especially on the defensive end,” Howard said. “Slow down, make sure we get our calls right, and make sure everybody knows what we’re doing. On the same page. Then once we get it down pat we can speed it all up.”
“It’s good, obviously, to come in here and run through plays and make sure you know it,” Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said. “But it’s a whole other level of pressure in game-like situations when you’re actually scrimmaging with refs, free throws and all that. I think it’s good and it gets us ready for Saturday night.”
Ready or not, Saturday is coming. The first test for the new look, championship contender Rockets. Fans aren’t the only ones anxious to see what the team will look like when they hit the floor.
“It’s the first game that we’ll ever play together. Sometimes it might not be pretty but it’ll give us something to start off with, watch film and get better from that,” Parsons added. “It’s all coming together so it’ll be fun to actually go out there and play against someone else. I’m sick of playing against these guys.”