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The Lineup Change

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by NewRoxFan, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. NewRoxFan

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    Feb 22, 2002
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    Since this was supposed to have happened already and didn't, lets look at what change9s) can be made. First, Yao won't be benched, nor will Stevie. Doubt cat will be benched. That narrows it down to SF and PF. The two current starters are james Posey at SF and Eddie Griffin at PF.

    Posey: came to Rox in a big trade that surrendered Kenny Thomas. After initial string of high energy games he has proven to be very inconsitent on the offensive side and worse, hasnt played with the defensive intensity he showed when he arrived.

    Griffin: came to the Rox in a huge draft day trade. Seems lost on offense most of the time, hasn't picked up much as an interior scorer and his outside shot has flattened and is often times rushed. Plays effective weakside defense but is outmanned in man-to-man defense. rebounds fairly well still on the defensive boards.

    Possible subsitutions:
    glen Rice - best outside shooter, and effective midrange and interior scorer. Good veteran presence. Weak defender.
    terence Morris - decent defender, inonsistent to poor offensive player, good rebounder at SF. Often seems lost iin the offense.
    Joaquin Hawkins - good perimeter defender but small (really a SG). Almost non-existent offense.

    Mo Taylor - Good offensive player (moreso on the outside but can and does post up). Poor rebounder for size. Poor defender for size. Poor passer.
    terence Morris - see above, but can't defend bigger PFs
    Kelvin Cato - Too slow to defend PFs, would pick up too many fouls trying to stay with PFs and thus make himself unavailable at C. Only offense is putbacks, alleyoops, dunks, and the occasional lowpost move. Good rebounder.

    You need to have some defense in the first unit and still have scoring in the second unit. I think Rice and Griffin balance each other well, and Motaylor and Posey. I'd prefer seeing Rice alongside Griffin and then bring Taylor with Posey. Taylor makes sure you have a consitent scorer especially when yao sits.

    I'd also increase TMos minutes with hope he can provide some sort of boost... even at the expense of Posey's minutes. Last, they could consider a Griffin, MoT lineup as a last resort (against those teams where the SF isn't a scorer).

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