This is my first article for Space City Scoop and I am excited and grateful to be a part of the team. I look forward to a great season. Before getting to the Houston Rockets, I send my very best to Alexandra “Sasha” McHale and the entire family. I wish that words could make a difference.
I have been watching games and studying this season’s small sample of box scores in an effort to find trends that might give insight as to what these young Rockets need to do in order to tally wins.
Let me start by saying that I think 3-pointers are great. First of all, they are 1 more point than 2, which is awesome. Second, they are exciting to watch as they arc through the sky like a rocket. However, it is my humble opinion that it ultimately takes more team work and effort in general to find the elusive, much higher percentage, and wide open 2-point shot. When I say 2 point shot, I am including trips to the charity stripe, Jeremy Lin lay-ups, Omer Asik slam dunks, and Patrick Patterson 15-footers (not rainbow 3’s).
Houston needs to find a way to get more successful penetration for Jeremy Lin. He is an excellent free throw shooter and desperately needs a way to get his shooting touch going. Patrick Patterson needs to stop shooting 3’s and get to work in the paint, or give Marcus Morris or Terrence Jones his job. Seriously, why is this happening? Omer needs to be what he is: a big man. Stop bringing the ball down to the floor. Keep it high and slam it down through the rim. James Harden and Chandler Parsons need to keep doing what they are doing.
I know that it much easier to make simple observations sitting on a couch, and I am more than happy about the potential this exciting team is showing. However, hopefully I can make a contribution with some objective observations.