Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni could once again pick a different five to play the Knicks on Tuesday, and a different one next week in China against Pelicans.
According to him, the tweaks are experiments to determine his final rotation that he’ll use in his last two preseason games and then the regular season.
On Sunday, Pat Beverley, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Clint Capela started, with Eric Gordon, Nene, Corey Brewer and K.J. McDaniels first off the bench. Pablo Prigioni followed at point guard with Sam Dekker playing as a power forward.
“You look at who would be a good starter and who would be good coming off the bench, who plays with whom, and we’ll try different things on Tuesday,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll try something different over in China. Every coach has an inkling of what it should be. That doesn’t mean it is. We’ll just try to evaluate the best we can.
“When the season starts, it could change again to something different. But right now, we’re trying to figure out opening night what we’re going to do.”