May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) last second shot in the second half in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center.Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets need to be more aggressive on defense says McHale


The Houston Rockets had another fine regular season though their playoff run ended prematurely which didn’t sit well with head coach Kevin McHale.

General manager Daryl Morey has already stated that he wants to bring in an additional All-Star talent alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, but Houston’s head coach believes the team needs to be more aggressive on defense if they want to emerge as a bigger threat in the Western Conference.

“We have to be able to put more pressure on people,” McHale said. “We sat down as a staff afterwards and have been brainstorming all offseason. We’re going to have to put more pressure on the ball. We’re going to have to be more aggressive defensively. We’re going to have to probably trap and attack more defensively. We were all year long in the top five, six, seven in defensive field-goal percentage against.  Our defensive rebounding has to pick up. Hanging in there and not trying to leak out will be huge for our wing guys.”

It’s a understandable sentiment from McHale as the Rockets faded defensively during the seasons final month and continued that stretch into the postseason.

Of course, when one of your premier offensive players (like Harden) is woeful on the defensive end, it’s not exactly easy to change the culture of your defensive scheme though it sounds as if the Rockets will do what they can to make the necessary adjustments.

One way is by moving away from Jeremy Lin, who despite some impressive offensive outbursts, is about as poor as they come on the defensive side of the ball.

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  • mma_ko

    what a crock of …. has this idiot author even watched any Rockets games? Lin plays a team defensive scheme .. the ones that teams like the Heat and Spurs employ (you know, the two teams that are in the Finals?). No one can guard one-on-one in this league. The problem is that the rest of the team, save for Howard, doesn’t know how to play team defense. So stop writing these hater articles .. it just shows your bias and ignorance.

    • Connor

      The fact that you’re yelling about lin being better than he is shows your bias and ignorance. I bet you want him to start and be in the all star game and make the all nba 1st team too huh?

      • jcsantos

        The fact that Lin held Lilliard to ZERO points when he started defending him in 4th Quarter of Game 6 (until he got benched on the last 0.9 seconds) shows that calling him a “poor defender” is already unwarranted. It’s a simple observation just by watching the games, where it was obvious that his defense is vastly improved compared to earlier this season and has stopped even elite PGs and Harden/Beverley assignments that keep abusing them. Disagreeing with it shows either your own bias and ignorance (psychological projecting) or you haven’t watched much games at all this year.

        Lin’s very stats is concrete evidence of his improvement in all areas. What’s your evidence of his “not” being better?

  • Richard Nguyen

    If this author says lin is bad as they come on defense . Wonder how he feels about Hardens lock down defense.