The Houston Rockets are dead-last in a major offensive category. While the team loves the longball, mixing in more 2-pointers will be a must going forward.
Mike D’Antoni is no stranger to living and dying by the three. Through his time with the Phoenix Suns, he revolutionized the game with his team’s relentless push for pace and letting the ball fly early. Even in his short term with the Los Angeles Lakers, he turned them into a high volume outside shooting team. This strategy with the Houston Rockets has turned mixed results so far and begs the question: should the team mix more variety into their offense?
The good news for the Rockets is that they are currently first in the league in 3-pointers made. Their 15.7 made threes per game account for 47.1 points of their second-ranked 120.5 total points per game. The bad news? They’re only shooting at a clip of 34.1 percent from outside, which is just 25th in the NBA. Given that the team’s offense is still ranked so highly, this shouldn’t be too concerning for the regular season.
The playoffs, though, are a totally different animal than the regular season. The game slows down, defenses limit your threes and funnel you into the midrange game, and suddenly it’s a little bit tougher to hit those long-range bombs that were so reliable during the season. So why does this spell trouble for the Rockets if they don’t adjust?
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