Rockets will have a back to back , alternating between bottom feeder Nets and top seed Spurs. Then Jazz, Suns and Warriors. This stretch will determines the fates of Rockets two centers. Omer Asik and Dwight Howard.
1. Is Asik too important for Rockets?
2.Can Howard Handle reduced playing time, barely touching 30 minutes in some nights
The second will be elaborated further.
1.Howard will be a victim of his own succes. He is a very big bruiser, guarding him wears out any center in the league.
2. Most teams have rookies/ old veterans as back ups
3.Current rotation benefit Asik greatly, because he starts the fourth quarter, facing either worn out starters or overmatched back ups
4.Don't forget how good Asik is. Last year he was able to suffocate Tim Duncan and Andrew Bogut
Question is, can Asik take advantage of the situation. Playing 100% to show Mchale he needs to be on the floor. Can he find his rhythm against bottom feeders Nets and Jazz and this very important show that he is very important to defeat Spurs and Warriors, two teams that will block path to finals