Too much 3-point shooting?
The Houston Rockets have consistently been near the top of the league in 3-point attempts per game, which has drawn the ire of Rockets fans. This is a strategy that will work whenever the shots are falling, and a strategy that can backfire when the shots aren’t.
The way the Rockets tend to respond when their threes aren’t falling has simply been to keep taking them, which has oftentimes caused them to fall to a 20-point deficit. Because this can happen, the Rockets would be wise to mix in drives to the basket when the 3-point shot isn’t falling, but they’ve decided against that more often than that.
Morey spoke about the important for having a balance, in addition to how the league has shifted towards the 3-point heavy approach.
There’s still an equilibrium between being able to attack the basket and shooting from the perimeter.
People make it sound like this radical thing but really all most teams have done is replace their shots from 6 to 24-feet-9 inches to being past 24-feet-9-inches, and 22 in the corners.
It’s good to see Morey acknowledge the importance of getting to the basket, because the only Houston Rockets player we see apply this approach is Russell Westbrook.
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