CULTURE CHANGE

Here's what the Rockets full coaching staff could look like

The Rockets are shaking things up. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

As of Wednesday, the Houston Rockets have decided to hire Stephen Silas as their head coach. Silas, who was an assistant coach on a variety teams for 20 years, including his recent team, the Dallas Mavericks, has overpaid his dues and is now ready to become a head coach. As ESPN reported, Silas was the architect of the Mavericks' record-breaking offense last season.

Silas' NBA resume is commendable because all his ventures as an assistant coach. At the age of 27, he became an assistant coach underneath his father, Paul Silas, which was on the Charlotte Hornets and Cleveland Cavilers for five years. With the Hornets, he was 48-34 in the 2015-2016 season, as he served as assistant and head coach on certain occasions.

While with the Mavericks, Silas was able to connect with ROY and All-Star, Luka Doncic, which made their offense dangerous. Silas played a big part in the Mavericks almost beating the Los Angeles Clippers in Orlando during the playoffs. Even though the Mavericks finished 12th in offensive scoring, they were still able to take down NBA juggernauts. Before Silas showed up in Dallas, the Mavericks were 22nd in scoring, which was the 2018-2019 season. Hopefully, Silas can help James Harden and Russell Westbrook become more successful in their new offense.

As the coaching news continues to come in, the Rockets could also be adding Nate McMillan and Jeff Hornacek. Even though McMillan and Hornacek were both fired as head coaches, they will possibly be successful as assistant coaches on the Rockets. McMillan and Hornacek could help guide Silas because of their NBA experience as head coaches. Another thing that was reported by Kelly Iko of the Athletic is that former Rockets PG, Rafer Alston, wants to join the coaching staff too.

With all the coaching experience coming to Houston, the Rockets could push the odds for an NBA Championship.

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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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