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PBT Extra: Rockets must adjust to new Mavericks starting lineup in Game 5

Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barea

Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barea


Normally by Game 5 of a series we’re through most of the major adjustments in a series — everyone knows what everyone else is going to do, it’s about execution under pressure.

The Rockets and Mavericks Game 5 is different, and that’s what Jenna Corrado and I discuss in this latest PBT Extra.

The addition of J.J. Barea with Monta Ellis as starters — and the subtraction of Rajon Rondo — upped the tempo and threw off the Rockets defense in Game 4. Now it’s up to Kevin McHale to make the next set of adjustments, and Houston to defend better.