Defense was again at the core of practice Tuesday, so veteran guard Francisco Garcia is beginning to get the point that it’s a big part of coach Kevin McHale’s mindset.

“They practice hard. It’s a good group,” Garcia said. “They run the floor very well. Our focus is on defense now. The last two practices have been a lot of defense, and everybody is buying in to it. It’s been really intensive practices.”

McHale said he expects the team’s new acquisitions to struggle with certain aspects of the Rockets’ style, including pick-and-roll defense and certain elements on offense, adding, “They have to adapt the best they can and learn, and we’ll have to learn a little bit on the fly.”

Garcia, though, has already seen enough that he can joke about his potential role.

“Experience,” he said. “More shooting … I don’t think they need that. I try to bring a lot of intensity and do what I can to bring the ‘W.’


“It’s not really challenging. It’s an easy system. Everybody plays hard and runs up and down the floor.”

Road to trusting paved with time

Coach Kevin McHale indicated Tuesday that he’s been brushing up on his local geography, based on his response to a question about teammates developing trust in one another.

“You don’t go down Louisiana Street and meet the first guy you see and say, ‘Hey, I’ll give you my wallet and I’ll see you (later),’” McHale said. “Trust takes a long time to develop, same with everything in life.”

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