Former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale shared his thoughts on what Rockets general manager Daryl Morey needs to do to round out the Rockets’ roster this offseason.
The Houston Rockets‘ 2019-20 season officially came to a close on Saturday night, as the Los Angeles Lakers sent them home packing after five games during the Western Conference Semifinals. The Rockets simply didn’t have the firepower to keep up with the Lakers, and they were especially dominated by the Lakers’ bench.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel tweaked his starting lineup to be able to better match the Rockets’ small ball scheme, which proved to be a strength against the Lakers’ bigs during the regular season. Vogel removed JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard from the rotation, and made Markieff Morris the starting center, while giving Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 28.2 minutes throughout the series, which was an uptick from the 25.5 minutes he averaged during the regular season.
In spite of the Lakers’ smaller lineup, they dominated the Rockets on the glass, as they held a 227-163 rebounding advantage throughout the series. The Rockets’ rebounding woes was especially on display during this series, and their lack of depth couldn’t be ignored.
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