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Rockets open to playing DeMarcus Cousins, Christian Wood together


#Only months removed from when the small-ball #Rockets played no centers, new #Houston head coach #Stephen #Silas says he is open to potentially using two at the same time.

#Emerging big man #Christian #Wood was a revelation on offense during the recent road trip to #Portland and #Denver, averaging 27 points (55% FG) and eight rebounds per game. #Yet, the athletic 25-year-old — who starts at center for the 2020-21 #Rockets — struggled at times on defense versus bruising, physical bigs like #Jusuf #Nurkic of the #Trail #Blazers and #Nikola #Jokic with the #Nuggets. #Even so, #Silas had little choice but to ride it out, since backup center #DeMarcus #Cousins was sidelined in quarantine and third-stringer #Bruno #Caboclo struggled mightily.

#That dynamic could change starting #Thursday against #Sacramento, with #Cousins now back with the team after clearing his quarantine. #But as #Silas sees things, it won’t necessarily be a debate of the athleticism and skill of #Wood versus the power and physicality of #Cousins. #In certain matchups, the #Rockets could use both bigs together, since #Wood should be agile enough to handle minutes at the power forward spot.

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#When asked after #Wednesday’s team practice whether he was open to playing #Wood and #Cousins together, #Silas responded:

#Yeah, I’m definitely open to it. #To have #DeMarcus, who can hold his own against those guys down low, then we don’t have to get into so many help situations, as we saw in the #Denver game against #Jokic. #We had to help a lot, which opened up all of the things that he does well. #He can really pass the ball, find cutters, and then offensive rebounds, because we’re out of position. #To have #Cousins out there will definitely help our post defense.

#But then #Christian has the ability as a stretch four — which, I guess all fours maybe are stretch, now. #It used to be, there would be the #Matt #Bullards of the world who were stretch fours. #But C-Wood can definitely hold that role and play pick-and-roll, and make it hard on teams to guard.

#Wood and #Cousins were never simultaneously active in the preseason, with #Cousins sitting out the fourth and final game for planned maintenance and #Wood missing the first three with a sore elbow. #Thus, #Silas has yet to have both bigs activated at the same time, which — other than practice time — has prevented any #Cousins-Wood experiments.

#That changes #Thursday night, when #Houston will play its first home game of the regular season. #Tipoff between the #Rockets (0-2) and #Kings (3-1) is set for 6:00 p.m. #Central from #Toyota #Center, with the game televised on AT&T #SportsNet #Southwest throughout usual #Houston markets.





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