A win on Monday to snap a two-game losing streak was nice, but the Rockets are really hoping for things to start clicking on the court.
“The only way you can win when you’re not in sync is to play harder,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said at practice on Tuesday. “That’s what we talked about. I said ‘It’s not always pretty, the NBA’s a long grind, sometimes you’ve just got to play harder. Stick with our system, do what we do and do it every possession and see if we can grind out some wins.’ That’s what we did (Monday) night.”
One area that’s gotten increased scrutiny is the ‘twin towers’ concept. McHale went with a smaller lineup to start the second half on Monday and was pleased with the results.
“We’ll go that direction a lot,” McHale said. “I do like it.”
Situations, though, will still dictate the way the Rockets attack opposing defenses.
“Just the way teams are playing us it depends on what they’re doing,” McHale said. “If we have a lot of success going inside, a lot of driving, kicking, drop-offs and get dunks or layups, or if we’re running our pick and roll really well then eventually they just pack the paint and we’ve got to make shots at that point.”
Those shots haven’t been hard to come by, but they haven’t gone in often enough either.
“We’re not making shots,” guard James Harden said. “We rely on our shot-making, our three-point ability and we’re not making those shots. We’re getting open shots and we’re just not knocking them down.”