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The Rockets need everyone to toughen up on defense once the playoffs start.
Just like it's no surprise that the Rockets shoot a lot of threes, unfortunately it's also not a shocker that they struggle on defense. Houston gives up 102.8 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the NBA.
The effort on defense is pitiful sometimes, and it is a major concern heading into the playoffs. Harden is infamous for his lazy defense, and the Rockets as a whole struggle mightily against top-scoring teams.
The Rockets need to figure out how to match up defensively against whomever they play in the postseason.
If Patrick Beverley can come back healthy, he will have to face an elite point guard, regardless of whom the Rockets draw. Nearly every playoff team in the West has a top-tier point guard, including Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard and Steph Curry, to name a few.
Chandler Parsons and possibly Francisco Garcia will have to guard the scoring wings such as Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard.
Houston doesn't have to worry too much about interior defense, with Dwight Howard clogging up the middle and Omer Asik coming in when he needs a rest.
The Rockets take off too many possessions on defense. When the playoffs start, matchups will be crucial, but most importantly, they have to stay focused and play hard-nosed defense every possession.