I'm going to start off by saying that I really do like McHale's positive attitude and encouragement towards our players. He's competitive, down to earth, and he wants to win. Overall, I like McHale, but does he understand matchups? Here me out below... January 25th vs. the Bucks I watch us go small for the majority of the second half. By small, I mean Dragic, Lowry, and Lee on the court at the same time. The Bucks have Dunleavy and Jackson (both around 6'8) on the wings. I watch Dunleavy and Jackson shoot over, post up, and get layups all 2nd half long. Pretty sure they both went for 20+ and we lose to one of the worst teams in the NBA at home. March 4th vs. the Clippers I watch the Clippers play Mo Williams and CP3 at the same time for the majority of the second half. Lowry guarding CP3 and CLee on Mo. CP3 goes off for close to 20 points in the second half until CLee starts locking him up at the very end. Granted, he did score on Courtney in overtime, but I can only remember once. Why don't we decide to put our best on ball defender vs quick point guards on CP3 at the end of the game (when it counts the most), yet refrain from doing so the whole second half when he's torching us! If Mo Williams is on the floor with CP3, Kyle should guard Mo and Courtney should guard Chris. Period. Mo is maybe 6'1. As you know, CP3 dribbles all over our defense, distributes the ball, all while scoring 22 in the second half and overtime. Kyle was guarding him the majority of the time with Mo Williams in the game. We lose a hard fought game. Last Night I guess McHale thought that CLee did such a good job against CP3 that he thought, "Hey, if he can guard CP3, surely he can lock up Paul Pierce!" I watch the Rockets go small again with Lowry, Dragic, and Lee. In case you didn't know, Pierce is a solid 6'8 while Courtney is 6'4 on a good day. Besides the 8 second back court call in which Pierce had no business bringing the ball up, he destroyed in OT. He also, correct me if I'm wrong, led the game in scoring all while we went small for most of it. He was getting to the paint shooting over and around Courtney. Why do we not put Parsons in the game who is 6'9 to guard one of the best clutch scorers ever?? CLee had no business on him and should have been face guarding Ray. We blow a 10 point lead with 3 or so minutes left and lose another heartbreaker. Look, I fully understand the concept of spreading the floor and going small to try and outscore the other team. However, in crunch time, against very good players who love to turn it on when it counts the most, why do we not want to matchup well and get much needed stops to hang on to our lead?? It's extremely painful to watch. Also, please do not get me wrong here, I think going small against some teams and in certain situations is smart. But when you have the lead like we did in all of these games at some point, you need to make stops. And to make stops, you need to be able to matchup and guard the other teams best players to the best of your ability. I'd like to hear some other thoughts and perspectives on this, but these three games are just a few of the many times I've seen the Rockets lose because of matchups that could have been handled differently.