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Kevin McHale has been criticized about his rotation all season long, but expect his playoff rotation to be much tighter and more consistent.
Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley will be the only point guards to see the floor. Aaron Brooks, while a good safety-net pickup late in the season, shouldn't get time in the playoffs. Lin and Beverley are both much better options.
If McHale were wise, Lin would play about 85 percent of the time. Beverley could see time closing out both the first and third quarters, but Lin should be on the court to close out both the second and fourth quarters.
James Harden should be playing 99 percent of the time at shooting guard. To win in the playoffs, you need your best player on the court. To spell him for a few minutes a game, Francisco Garcia could see time. He's played mostly small forward in his time in Houston, but he played 40 games at shooting guard while with the Sacramento Kings this season.
Chandler Parsons, though he's been playing very inconsistently of late, will see a high number of minutes in the postseason. Carlos Delfino will be the first off the bench as the sixth man, but he'll probably only play around 10 to 12 minutes or so per game.
McHale's decision on who to play more at power forward will require much more thought than any other position. Neither Greg Smith or Terrence Jones has set himself apart from the other down the stretch, so we could conceivably see a 50-50 split of playing time at the start. Expect McHale to ride the hot hand after Game 1, however.
Omer Asik, the team's beast on the interior and heart of the defense, should play upwards of 35 minutes per game in the playoffs. Donatas Motiejunas, while a decent enough player, is not nearly on the same level as Asik. Asik will only see the bench in short stints to catch his breath, so don't expect to ever see him on the bench for very long.