With the offseason here, it's time for the Rockets to focus on improvements. More power seems to be a need.
"I think we've got to play bigger," Kevin McHale said. "We played small especially after trading Patrick Patterson. A couple of guys stepped up and tried to play the four spot. We're going to have to play bigger, but one of the young bigs we have, I thikn one of those guys will definitely emerge, maybe a couple of them."
McHale had actually alluded to the need for improved play from the big men earlier in the interview. After the Rockets traded Patrick Patterson to the Kings and Marcus Morris to the Suns at the trade deadline, they tried several options at the four, including starting Donatas Motiejunas and Greg Smith, with Thomas Robinson and Terrence Jones getting time as well. In the playoffs against Oklahoma City, they elected to go with a smaller starting lineup that didn't feature a traditional power forward. The playoffs showcased the Rockets going with a quicker pace, with usually four players playing around the perimeter with one big man on the floor.
"Now, we need a summer of growth," McHale said. "I think Terrence Jones, Thomas Robinson, Donatas Motiejunas, one of those guys, or maybe a couple of them will have to step up and play well."
James Harden also stressed the need for improved post play as something to strive for.
"Yeah, a low-post presence where we can go and consistently get a basket," Harden said.
He and McHale also stressed that the team overall needs to have a more defensive mindset. That said...
"For the most part, we have pretty much everything," Harden said. "We have shooters. We have great locker-room guys. Guys who can make plays. Things like that."