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Monday, June 1, 2020

Mike D’Antoni concerned about Rockets’ lack of depth

Mike D'Antoni

The Houston Rockets are among the league’s most disappointing teams this season.

Last season, Houston was one of the surprises of the league after posting the best regular season record and pushing the Warriors to a seventh game in the Western Conference Finals. They were expected to contend again this season, but it hasn’t gone that way.

The Rockets are 10-12 after a 20-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. They’ve already parted ways with Carmelo Anthony. Chris Paul and Gerald Green are hurt, and Nene still hasn’t made his season debut. All of that has resulted in a lack of depth for the team, which head coach Mike D’Antoni finds problematic.

“Obviously, it’s a problem,” D’Antoni said of the team’s depth, via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “It’s something that I know that the front office tried to address. They’re going to do the best they can. No blame going around; it’s just the way it is.”

The Rockets have had to play some of their starters extra minutes, which tires them out.

At this point, Houston needs to avoid falling too far behind the other top teams in the West until they start to get healthier. Then they have to win, which has been challenging for them this season.

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