Rockets center Omer Asik had hoped to play by the second game of the Asia trip but did not practice on Saturday and will not play Sunday against the Pacers. As much as the time lost to his strained calf has stalled his training camp it also has postponed the Rockets’ efforts to experiment with a frontcourt pairing of Asik and Dwight Howard.

The games against the Pacers might have been especially useful for that with Roy Hibbert and David West offering a particularly challenging physical combination.