Five Myths About The Houston Rockets Championship Hopes

By Josh D Roberts
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Mar 21, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) takes the ball to the basket during the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Argument: The Rockets turn the ball over too much.

The discussion of Houston’s turnovers requires a deeper look into the data than simply seeing how many turnovers they commit per game. That number is incredibly relevant to the pace at which they play because teams with a faster pace, like Houston, average more possessions per game and, thus, increase the likelihood of turning the ball over a few more times.

The Rockets rank 3rd in the league in pace as they average 99.08 possessions per 48 minutes, according to NBA Stats. With that in mind, it makes sense that the Rockets might commit a few more turnovers per game.

On the other side of the ball, Houston creates a substantial amount of turnovers, ranking 3rd in the league by generating 16.6 turnovers per game, reports. Here’s the kicker: last season, they were 26th in the league.

Individually, Harden’s 1.96 steals per game and Trevor Ariza’s 1.87 steals per game are good for 5th and 7th in the league, respectively.

Should the Rockets minimize the number of times they turnover the ball? Absolutely. Will turnovers be the catalyst leading towards the downfall of Houston’s championship run? I can’t imagine they will be, and I certainly hope not.

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