While Clint Capela was out and injured, Nene and Montrezl Harrell stepped up to help keep the team from missing the Rockets’ Swiss big man too much.
Since Capela has made his return to the team's rotation the Rockets are now again juggling minutes for their big men, Nene and Harrell have gone back to being supporting characters.
"All three of them accept whatever we decide we are going to do, so that makes it real easy,” Mike D'Antoni said when asked how hard it is to find minutes for his big men before Tuesday's game with the Sacramento Kings. “You don't have to worry about people's feelings are getting down, they'll contribute in every way they can so they've been super.”
"We are just trying to make sure we get the most out of Nene without risking him to a serious injury where we lose him,” the coach continued. By “trying to space his games out, (we're) trying to get Clint back completely the way he was before he got hurt, and then Montrezl just keeps filling in where ever we need, so they've been terrific."
In Tuesday night's win, D'Antoni actually managed to actually fit all three centers into the rotation. Capela, Nene, and Harrell managed to score 30 points and pull in 15 rebounds between the three.
All three won't get into the game every night, but that doesn't matter. Each guy understands his role. If they are needed, they'll play, if not, they won't, and they won't complain.
The Rockets’ mantra this season has been “Everyone has bought in,” and the unselfishness between the team's big men is a great example of that.