News – USA – Missiles suffering from ever changing lineups


Rockets trainer Stephen Silas said shuffling and adjusting his starting lineups helped prevent his team from building the much-needed chemistry

The Rockets, as planned, stopped security guard Victor Oladipo from playing Tuesday in New Orleans, their second game in as many nights as guards John Wall and Eric Gordon played the first game in a tackle

That was their third line-up in a row, with another change expected on Thursday. Rockets trainer Stephen Silas not only missed the players’ contributions that were included in the compressed injury management schedule, but also said that they were constantly changing Constellations would have deprived the opportunity to develop cohesion and thus the urgently needed chemistry

“That has a lot to do with it,” said Silas. “We have people trying to find their role in the group. Your role can change from game to game, whether it’s the primary ball handler or not whether it’s a defensive energy type or someone we need a rating from

“In terms of group continuity and how to really get a sense of where your role is and how you can be effective within the group, it has a significant impact”

The Rockets starting grid with Oladipo sitting outside centering Christian Wood with a sprained right ankle – Jae’Sean Tate, P.J Tucker, DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon and Wall had only started two games together before Tuesday. The lineup on Monday with Danuel House Jr Started with Oladipo on the back seat, had never started together

In contrast, the lineup of the pelicans started on Tuesday the 19th Time this season, with four other lineups starting one game each. The Rockets have used 14 different starting lineups, none for more than four games

The backcourt absences moved Gordon from his sixth man role to starting eight of the 19 games he played with The Guards Ben McLemore and Mason Jones were among the Rockets’ top scorers in some games and didn’t play at all in others

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While Tuesday’s game was the fifth of the missiles in seven nights, leading to the decision to keep guards out of one game at a time, the Missiles didn’t have their next game in a row until February 19 and 20

“We’re basically just trying to win the game in any shape or way we can,” said Silas. “But ideally you want the guys to play the same role, the same minutes in the Same rotation as the previous game or the last couple of games, but we really haven’t had that all season”

“We’re just trying to win the games as they come, and hopefully at some point we’ll have the same group, the same starters, the same people off the bench in the same roles for a good stretch””

Jonathan Feigen has been the Rockets’ beatwriter since 1998, and a basketball nut since then, before Willis Reed hobbled for Game 7, he became a sports writer because the reporter who was supposed to cover the University of Delaware basketball team decided to get one instead playing college lacrosse another season, and never looking back

Feigen, who has won APSE, APME, and United States Basketball Writers Association awards from El Campo to Houston, came to Texas in 1981 to cover the Rice Birds He was a sports editor in Garland before moving to Dallas to cover everything from the Southwest Conference finals hurray to the SMU after the death penalty

After joining the Houston Chronicle in 1990, Feigen reported on the downfall of the SWC, the rise of the Big 12 and the Rockets in their best championship

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