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Rockets preparing to face Nuggets in playoffs despite uncertain NBA future

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The Houston Rockets are reportedly preparing for all possible courses of action regarding the 2019-20 season. This includes a first round playoff match against the Denver Nuggets.

According to Ben DuBose of RocketsWire, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey believes that some regular season games are still going to be played. However, the No. 6 Rockets are nevertheless prepping should the league cut immediately to the playoffs. This, of course, meant a matchup against the No.3 seed Nuggets. Morey further reasoned that the preparation won’t be wasted regardless. After all, they are still likely to play Denver if they do resume the regular season. So far, the teams have evenly split four meetings.

The Rockets famously implemented a novel small-ball lineup in recent weeks. Reports blew up after they traded Clint Capela, their tallest player, to the Atlanta Hawks. 6-foot-7 Robert Covington and 6-foot-5 P.J. Tucker have since shared most minutes in the center position. Most impressively, Covington has averaged 2.5 blocks in his first 14 games with Houston. It would be interesting how they deal with Denver, with their keys to offense in the hands of 7-foot passing specialist Nikola Jokic.

Regardless, the league’s current concern is to maintain player well-being and map out several workable implementations for the rest of the season. When asked about when the games will resume, Morey replied, “I don’t know, but we will be back for sure.” Numerous reports have indeed noted the uncertainty of the league’s future timeline. So far, the organization is still exploring various factors, including resuming games without crowds.