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January 28, 2014

Young Rockets squad striving for consistency

HOUSTON — Kevin McHale preaches consistency.

So far his young Rockets team hasn’t heeded his words and is coming off two straight losses to the Grizzlies.

McHale knows Houston, despite a 29-17 record, must play better. Coming up on tonight are the Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs.

When asked how his team can be more consistent, McHale shared several ideas.

“We’ve got to be better against a lot of different styles of basketball,” he said. “We’ve got to know what our strengths and weaknesses are and play to our strengths. We’ve got to be way more tied together and diligent about all the little things. We worry too much about all the big things. But we’ve got to do all the little things and that leads to big things.”

The Rockets have won both previous meetings with the Spurs this season. McHale doesn’t expect that success to factor into tonight’s game, especially with San Antonio coming off a tough loss to the Heat.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” McHale said. “The first two games don’t make any difference. We’re a different team. They’re a different team. We’ve got to play really well. That team lost to Miami, they’re going to come in hungry.”

Dwight Howard is still upset about how Houston played against Memphis, but believes rough spots like this will help the Rockets in the long run.

“These are growing pains,” Howard said. “Losing those games and trying to learn from experience on how to play is good for our team. We hate to lose and we were all (ticked) off about the last two games, but it was some things that we learned and picked up from playing against a team like Memphis and we’ll get better.”

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