The Houston Rockets became the first NBA team since 1963 to play an entire game without a player taller than 6-foot-6 in the lineup during their 128-121 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Daniel House and Thabo Sefolosha, both listed at 6-foot-6, were the tallest players used in D'Antoni's lineups.
"We're 2-0 with it ... When we're getting to the rim, it's pretty devastating, so they better beat us up inside pretty well before we have to change. ... the underlying thing is we're just really trying to open it up for James and Russ to get to the rim so we can get layups. Those are the best shots -- and fouls. That lineup permits that," explained D'Antoni.
D'Antoni was forced to go small with Clint Capela injured, though he has Tyson Chandler and Isaiah Hartenstein on the bench. The 6-foot-5 PJ Tucker logged minutes at center.
D'Antoni added that the lineup could continue to be effective as long as players box out. The Rockets outrebounded the Mavs 52-37 on the night.
"A lot of it is just individual. You've got to hunker down, and let's go and get in front of the guys. If we do that and we get conscientious about boxing out and getting back, we could make this lineup pretty good," added D'Antoni.