Goran Dragic plopped down on the Rockets' bench after his pregame warmups, his legs complaining about the 37 minutes he played less than 24 hours earlier in his new role as the Rockets' stand-in point guard while Kyle Lowry is out.

"I'm feeling it," he said through a laugh, with no complaint about the dramatic increase in his workload. "I'll be fine."

The Rockets have the same hope for the position change they did not want. Lowry led the Rockets through the first half of the season but will be out two to four weeks because of a bacterial infection. The Rockets have slumped since the break, going 2-6 heading into Tuesday's game against the Thunder.