Video: Tracy McGrady proposes that Rockets goes small, replace Clint Capela with Austin Rivers
The Houston Rockets fell short in the first two games of the 2019 NBA Western Conference semifinals, losing to the powerhouse Golden State Warriors on the road.
The Warriors leaned on their “Hamptons Five” lineup of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Draymond Green to stifle Houston’s defense. Based on how the Warriors played the Rockets in the first two games of the series, former NBA superstar Tracy McGrady thinks Houston should tweak their starting roster.
McGrady told Rachel Nichols of The Jump that Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni should consider taking Clint Capela out of the starting lineup. According to the report, the Warriors feasted on Rockets when Capela was on the floor. Golden State was +19 against the Rockets with Capela on the floor, and -3 with the hulking center on the bench.
Capela was a non-factor in Game 1, where he only finished with four points, but he bounced back with 14 markers in Game 2. But despite the improved showing on Tuesday, McGrady thinks that he is becoming a liability on both ends of the floor because of how quick the Hamptons Five lineup is.
The seven-time NBA All-Star thinks that D’Antoni should insert Austin Rivers into the starting lineup and play PJ Tucker at center. He believes that by doing so, they will have a better chance defending the Warriors and Harden will have more room to operate, having four shooters around him.
Rivers had a strong performance for Houston in Game 2 off the bench. The 26-year-old guard kept the Rockets in the game in the second period, and eventually finished with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting, including four three-pointers in 24 minutes against the Warriors.
Houston will look to get back in the series when they host the Warriors at the Toyota Center on Saturday.
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