The 2-Man Game: The Rockets need to put iso-ball to the side

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The 2-Man Game: The Rockets need to put iso-ball to the side
Tonight's game is a must-win for the Houston Rockets. Courtesy photo

The Rockets did not get the results they were looking for in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors. They need to make some adjustments before Game 2 and one of those should be limiting the iso-ball. Mike D'Antoni needs to get more players involved in the offense, and that can also lead to guys playing better on the defensive end of the court as well. Also, if the Rockets truly are the deeper team, they have to get more out of their role players. Those guys are going to struggle to do anything if they never touch the ball. Finally, the Rockets need to shake some things up on defense and give the Warriors some different looks. 

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What could hold the Texans back this season? Composite Getty Image.

We made it! Training camp is officially here, with all the Texans players having reported to the team and set to take the field this Thursday.

And while the Texans are the favorites to win the division, there are some areas of concern heading into the season.

ESPN Texans reporter DJ Bien-Aime joined The Mina Kimes Show and shared his thoughts on the Texans outlook this season.

When looking at the Texans offense, Bien-Aime pointed to Houston's play calling as being a possible issue in 2024. Bobby Slowik did a terrific job in his first season as an offensive coordinator. But he will have his hands full keeping all his playmakers happy with Stefon Diggs joining the team, and Nico Collins expecting a lot of looks after signing a massive contract extension.

Kimes also pointed to Slowik's insistence on staying committed to the running game even when the team was having zero success on the ground. Hopefully that issue will get corrected either through better results in the run game, or putting the ball in CJ Stroud's hands when the ground game is repeatedly getting stuffed.

On defense, both Kimes and Bien-Aime named Houston's secondary as the big x-factor this year. Bien-Aime named cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. as the only player in the secondary that he truly trusts. He also strongly believes that rookie cornerback Kamari Lassiter will start opposite Stingley as the team's No. 2 corner.

The Texans certainly have concerns at defensive tackle with Sheldon Rankins and Malik Collins gone, but the secondary has to be the biggest worry in a pass-heavy NFL. Not to mention the level of quarterback play the Texans will face while dealing with a first-place schedule this year.

If you love hearing informed football analysts talking ball, this is the video for you. They cover all things Texans and give a full preview of the AFC South, plus predictions!

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