Nov 23, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Dwight Howard (12) and center Omer Asik (3) on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Rockets to play Asik, Dwight Howard together against Blazers?


The Houston Rockets didn’t play Omer Asik and Dwight Howard together a ton this season, but at times the two towering big men were effective and holding down the paint when they did.

It’s a strategy that the Rockets may potentially employ a bit more in their first round playoff matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, this according to the Houston Chronicle:

Rockets coach Kevin McHale would not directly say he would play Asik and Howard together again, elevating it only from a topic he would not discuss to “it’s possible.

“We haven’t done it a lot lately,” he said. “They were effective earlier at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we’re having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him.”

Playing Asik and Howard together will likely stem from how well Terrance Jones defends LaMarcus Aldridge. Jones struggled against Aldridge during their previous matchups (as most defenders do) so if those struggles continue, it’s reasonable to assume McHale might go big on defense.

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