One of the league’s premier players, Rajon Rondo, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. This signifies a huge shift in franchise prospectus for a handful of teams; now that the Celtics, already struggling for the East’s final playoff spot, have lost their most important piece, they’ve become a major factor in trade-scenarios.
I do believe that it should be mentioned again. The Houston Rockets went into Salt Lake City in a game with major playoff race implications, and for seven seconds, managed to lead by 50 points. Unfortunately, Alec Burks made a layup and Kevin Murphy made a 3-pointer, so Houston had to settle for winning by 45 points and handing the Jazz its worst defeat in Utah ever. So it goes.
In January, the Houston Rockets slogged through six sets of back to back games, five of them in a row. After winning the first three games of that stretch, the Rockets embarked upon a notorious seven-game losing streak, only snapping it with a win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Now that the grueling stretch is over, and the Rockets seem to have found a way to win once more, one can look at the choices the Rockets made during that stretch to see how they adjusted. Just looking at minutes played, how did Rockets head coach Kevin McHale respond to or try to prevent possible fatigue on back to back games?