Howard doesn't want to talk about FTs
The topic of the Houston Rockets, Dwight Howard and Omer Asik, twin towers lineup, has driven lots of conversation both inside and outside the organization. It's been used to start each of the first eight games of the season, to less than spectacular results.
For the first time all season against Toronto on Monday night, that duo did not start the second half. Rather, Howard was out there at center, while Asik remained on the bench in favor of Terrence Jones. Jones had played only 16 minutes through the first eight games of the season, before earning 32 minutes of action, including all ten minutes of overtime.
McHale hinted both before that game had been played and then again after, that he felt they would be looking at different lineups soon. Part of that was necessitated by Francisco Garcia's health, since he missed the Raptors game with flu-like symptoms. Other members of the team are also feeling those effects, but no word yet on their status for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia.
"I've been thinking about it," McHale said when asked about the change from Asik to Jones to start a half. "We'll take a look at the film, take a look at everything and see where we go from here."
McHale has left little doubt that he will be altering the rotations, but still wouldn't confirm how things will change for tonight, only that they will. Houston has trailed after the first quarter in five of their games. They've come back to win three of them.