Rio Grande Valley Vipers: Finally Lost A Game!

By Phillip Pyle

On Friday night, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers finally saw a number in the loss column, after a poor shooting streak finally caught up to them, losing to the Texas Legends 125-116.

The Vipers had been on a streak of 25 games dating back to last seasons playoffs.

Over the past three games, the Vipers have shot 39.8 percent from the field. and shooting just 27.5 percent from 3, on 42.3 attempts per game. Entering Friday’s game, only 27.2 percent of their 3-point attempts were corner 3s, the most efficient 3-point shot. RGV has generally taken most its 3s around the wings. The Vipers are only shooting 37.6 percent on those wing 3s, whereas on corner 3s they’re shooting 45.1 percent. It’s not necessarily the amount of 3s that has hurt RGV lately; it’s the shot selection of those 3s. See for yourself here.

The Vipers have yet to have anyone called up, but it only figures to be a matter of time. Rio Grande Valley has sharpshooter Troy Daniels (the league’s fifth leading scorer at 25.1 ppg, 48.6 percent 3-point shooting), Rockets assignees Isaiah Canaan (21.4 ppg, 9.5 apg, 4.5 rpg) and Robert Covington (18 ppg, 9 rpg), and four-year NBA vet James Johnson (17.1 ppg, 8 rpg, 3.5 bpg), among others.

“It makes my job very hard,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. “We’ve got NBA players up and down this roster. You’ve got Covington and Canaan, and then James Johnson … unfortunately for Vipers fans, he’s going to be in the NBA. He’s an unbelievable talent.