Well, so much for the conventional big lineup experiment. After getting rave reviews pretty much everywhere (including this website) for transitioning Kenneth Faried back into power forward to play alongside Clint Capela and bringing Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker back to their more natural positions off the bench and at the three respectively, Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has decided to revert back to typical D’Antoni tonight:
For first time since Dec. 20 the Rockets will go with their ideal starting lineup: Paul, Harden, Gordon, Tucker and Capela.— Hunter Atkins (@HunterAtkins35) February 27, 2019
Even though Atkins is wrong about this being the first time (it’s the second), he’s right about the lineup switch. This was retweeted by Jonathan Feigen, so you know it’s good as gold.
It’s a strange development considering Faried has looked so good back at his old spot, so hopefully D’Antoni doesn’t go away from it entirely. I’m all for maintaining diverse lineup options, but the Rockets have won two in a row with Faried starting at the four, and it just feels like Houston should be rolling with the hot hand here.
Anyway, the Rockets are healthy, and this is a winnable game against an under .500 opponent. Houston’s had a terrible habit of playing down to their competition this season, however, so it’d be great to see them instead go out there and take care of business tonight like they’re supposed to.
The streak is over, there’s nothing else to worry about except winning.