The Rockets received their first expertise with the revised scheduling model for the 2020-21 season with Sunday’s preseason rematch towards the Bulls. Amid the spike in COVID-19 instances, the NBA has added homestands to schedules, with groups taking part in two video games towards each other in the identical location to chop down on journey.
The Rockets performed a pair of video games in Chicago to open the preseason and may have video games towards the Spurs on Tuesday and Thursday in Toyota Middle. They play the identical opponent in consecutive video games 4 occasions within the first half of the season, together with 3 times within the first 3 ½ weeks.
“There’s a number of issues to it,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas mentioned. “The preparation half, which is making changes, form of like playoffs. You may form of lock into the small print within the sport plan while you play a group twice a little bit bit greater than common scheduling while you don’t see a group so shut collectively. The sport-planning is a little bit bit simpler for the gamers. To construct familiarity with what they’re going to see and who their taking part in towards is a little bit simpler for them.
“It’ll be attention-grabbing to see the way it goes, nevertheless it form of has that playoff really feel the place you’re making changes from game-to-game and form of play cat and mouse.”
Although he identified that there had been home-and-home collection in previous schedules, they had been rare with Bulls coach Billy Donovan additionally making the comparability to playoff scheduling.
“It might occur a few times within the common season,” Donovan mentioned. “Playoffs clearly it’s occurring on a regular basis. I feel that’s going to be a terrific problem for everybody. You play a group as soon as and the way do you reply taking part in them a second time.
“I feel due to COVID, due to attempting to restrict the variety of journey days there are and attempting to maintain individuals in a single location, I feel it is all a part of the security protocols and attempting to get rid of perhaps a number of the issues that you’d promote guys placing themselves in positions the place they may probably get sick. It’s all a part of how that is going to be new.”