Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants to give more minutes to backups K.J. McDaniels and Sam Dekker. In the loss to the Lakers, McDaniels scored 11 points in 12 minutes off the bench, mainly on athletic drives to the basket. Dekker, who played 13 minutes, scored just four points. "Somebody needs to grab (the minutes) and they will," D'Antoni said. McDaniels and Dekker dealt with some inconsistent play in the preseason but after the season opener, it gave D'Antoni a little more confidence to maybe use them more. "No doubt," he said.