How Stephen Silas can help Harden, Westbrook and Rockets evolve

Why the Rockets hired Stephen Silas as head coach (1:09)

Adrian Wojnarowski breaks down Houston's decision to hire Stephen Silas as their new head coach, citing his experience coaching elite guards as a deciding factor. (1:09)

What can Stephen Silas do to help the Houston Rockets take the next step in the playoffs?

After coming within a game of the NBA Finals in 2018, the Rockets have exited in the second round in each of the past two years, including a 4-1 loss to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers this season that wasn't particularly close.

Since Houston has little flexibility to retool its roster after trading for Russell Westbrook and Robert Covington, it's up to Silas to find strategic ways to get more out of a similar group. Here's how he might accomplish that.