The best strategy for the Houston Rockets entering the NBA Playoffs would be to utilize a smaller lineup during the crucial moments of the game. It would give the team a scoring advantage that would make up for the unit's lack of size.
The Rockets are currently the seventh seed in the Western Conference with nine games left to play. If the season ended today, they would be paired against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a matchup that would see Houston guard James Harden square off against his former team.
The Thunder are currently half a game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot. A seven-game series between Houston and Oklahoma City would not only be entertaining for the Harden factor, but because it would pit the two top-scoring teams in the league against each other.
The Rockets and Thunder are tied for the league lead in points scored per game, averaging 106 points a night. After dealing away forwards Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris earlier in the season, Houston has opted for a more offensive-minded approach with Carlos Delfino seeing increased playing time.
The team has a couple intriguing big men in rookies Thomas Robinson and Donatas Motiejunas. Robinson is a high-energy guy who failed to produce in his first NBA stop in Sacramento. As for D-Mo, he's an athletic big man with the potential to be a force on both ends of the court.
The presence of neither rookie has been enough to improve Houston's defense, which is 28th in the NBA in points allowed. That's why its best chance at success in the postseason is to continue to utilize its best scorers on the floor at the same time.
This is the lineup that the Houston Rockets should incorporate down the stretch during the playoffs.