With Omer Asik’s time as the Rockets’ backup center presumably over, coach Kevin McHale said he would turn to Greg Smith off the bench, rather than going with a center-by-committee approach based on matchups. He did not, however, describe Asik’s time in Houston as over.

“I think Greg will get the minutes,” McHale said. “We’ve been looking for another big body, especially when Dwight (Howard) goes out. I really think Omer is going to be back. I really think his knee is feeling better. I think he’ll be back soon.”

Smith returned Sunday after missing a month with a sprained knee. The Rockets’ primary goal for him is to help secure the boards with the second unit.