The NBA is changing. Defenses, offenses, guards and forwards all look different than they did just a few years ago. The positional revolution has swept through the league and Rockets are quietly embracing it. Last week we examined their use of the backcourt rotation, and the unique place Toney Douglas fits into it (which has all since changed with the introduction of Patrick Beverley). This week, we turn our gaze to the forward and center positions. The Rockets are happily moving to the vanguard of a number of changes to the way big men are used.
Lamentations – Weekend losses to the Pacers and Timberwolves have pushed the Rockets losing streak to 7 games. We’re not seeing the amount of apocalyptic drama these losses would bring to an L.A. or N.Y. team, but it’s still depressing.
Speculations – Trade talk tends to stick to losing like stink on a fish. Marc Stein (ESPN Insider) says Josh Smith‘s most likely landing spot is Houston. Alex Kennedy of USA Today is tweeting that Zach Randolf could head to Houston.
Juicy stuff from the GM after the break:
The Houston Rockets put forth their worst effort of the season, a dismal 79 point outing. They shot a miserable 32% from the field, including a mere 29% from behind the arc. The Rockets committed 29 team fouls and turned the ball over 20 times against the Timberwolves, a performance that would lose to any team in the league. Despite that, the Rockets still stayed within striking distance through the majority of the game, which Houston has to hope is rock bottom for their season.