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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Houston's offense had another strong day at the plate in Seattle against the Mariners on Wednesday. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

After striking a deal with the Mariners before Tuesday's game, along with a reported deal with the Marlins on Wednesday before the finale, the Astros continued to try and bolster their bullpen with fresh arms while also focusing on this series against Seattle. Having won the night prior to even it up, it came down to the rubber game on Wednesday afternoon to decide the series.

Final Score: Astros 11, Mariners 4

Astros' Record: 63-40, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (4-5)

Losing Pitcher: Yusei Kikuchi (6-6)

Astros continue to score runs in Seattle

Just like in the earlier games in this series, the Astros had no problems offensively. They strung together four consecutive one-run innings, starting in the top of the second when they loaded the bases, then got an RBI groundout by Myles Straw to go up 1-0. In the top of the third, Yuli Gurriel drove one in on a two-out RBI double, bringing in Jose Altuve, who led the inning off with a double of his own. Chas McCormick led off with a single in the fourth, then later scored on an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz.

The fourth run in as many innings came in the top of the fifth, as Gurriel would notch his second RBI with a solo homer to start that inning, pushing the lead to 4-0. They didn't stop there, and neither did Gurriel, as he would get RBI number three on the day as part of a four-run top of the sixth, with RBI hits him, Altuve, Diaz, and Carlos Correa, doubling the lead to 8-0.

Odorizzi gets to the sixth before allowing two homers

The run support gave Jake Odorizzi plenty of leeway, which he didn't need until the bottom of the sixth. He held Seattle scoreless over the first five frames, allowing just four baserunners on a hit by pitch, a walk, and two singles, all peppered over that span and erased in each inning. Kyle Seager would get the Mariners on the board in the bottom of the sixth, blasting a one-out solo homer to cut the lead to seven runs at 8-1. After a single in the next at-bat, recently traded Abraham Toro made it four games in a row with a homer, this one a two-run shot to cut the lead to 8-3 and end Odorizzi's day. His final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 95 P.

Houston wins the series

Houston brought in Brooks Raley to finish the sixth, issuing two walks but stranding them to keep it a five-run lead. Myles Straw helped push that back to six in the top of the seventh, reaching on a single to start the innings, then stealing both second and third to get in position for Diaz's third RBI of the day, a groundout to make it 9-3. Cristian Javier was the next reliever out for the Astros, but he would not make it through the bottom of the seventh, allowing a single and three walks, the third with the bases loaded to bring in a run.

Bryan Abreu was brought in to get out of the jam, getting a strikeout to end the seventh. Then, in the top of the eighth, Kyle Tucker would put two more runs on the board with a two-run homer making the lead seven runs at 11-4. Abreu remained in for the bottom of the eighth, erasing two one-out singles to get through the frame. Brandon Bielak took over in the bottom of the ninth to close things out, posting a 1-2-3 inning to wrap up the win and give Houston the series victory.

Up Next: Houston will travel down the coast to San Fransisco before getting a day off on Thursday. They'll pick up an exciting three-game series with the Giants on Friday, with the opener slated to start at 8:45 PM Central. Framber Valdez (6-2, 2.97 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, while San Fransisco's starter is TBD.

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