HOUSTON — The Rockets will start Francisco Garcia to guard Kevin Durant in Game 4 against the Thunder on Monday night.
Rocket assistant coach Kelvin Sampson said "starting Francisco on Durant will help. Make him work prior to the catch."
Earlier Monday, Rocket coach Kevin McHale downplayed Garcia's defense on Durant and said the entire Houston team needed to do a better job on the Thunder star. McHale also said tha Chandler Parsons, who guarded Durant for most of the first 21/2 games, did a much better job in the second half.
Durant had 41 points on Game 3 Saturday night, including 17 in the first quarter.