Kevin McHale's short rotation and his rigidity when it comes to the rotation is hurting the Rockets. Stephen A. Smith talked about this today on First Take when he was talking about Scott Brooks from OKC.
These Coaches are not flexible. You see this with McHale, Vogel from Indiana, Thibs from Chicago and Brooks from OKC.
With McHale, he has a lot of players he could work into a bigger rotation that could change the game and make Portland have to adjust. He played Troy Daniels and that was a good move but try putting Daniels, Casspi and Garcia on the floor at the same time and then you have a 3 point barrage. Put DM out there for a stretch and see how it goes.
I remember McHale saying I like a small 7-8 man rotation during the Playoffs and when he said that I saw disaster coming.
I remember Mark Cuban from Dallas saying one of the reasons he picked Rick Carlisle as Coach is because he was quicker to change line ups and adjust.
This was evident when they beat Miami for the NBA title. Carlisle switched to Barea and Kidd starting in the backcourt early in the series. Spo from Miami waited until Game 6 to start Chalmers over Bibby. He didn't adjust and it cost Miami that series.
The Rockets have too much talent to be down 3-1 in this series. McHale just doesn't use the talent that they have and he blindly sticks to his rotations no matter what.