The Houston Rockets are set to make their return to the postseason, and much like the other coaches in the Association, Kevin McHale will be looking to shorten his rotation and define the roles for his players.
McHale has some unique challenges before him with this Rockets team. It's a team without a lot of experience; the Rockets boast the league's youngest starting lineup. No starter has significant playoff experience outside of James Harden (and possibly Omer Asik, if his minutes as a member of the Chicago Bulls can be warranted as valuable experience).
They will be an untested team and a team that will begin to encounter the trials of postseason basketball together.
The Rockets will face either the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs or the third-seeded Denver Nuggets. Houston holds a tiebreaker with Golden State, but the teams have identical records and two more games to play.
Regardless of whether the Rockets face the Spurs or Nuggets, it's time for Rockets fans and the team to get a taste of what it's like to be in the postseason again. And this season provides a lot of hope that the team will continue to make postseason runs.
It should be just the first year of the Harden era. Let's look at how it will all unfold.