3. More 3s
The Rockets got their doors blown off by the Magic on opening night, which makes it difficult to take anything away from that contest. In game two, San Antonio took ten more 3-pointers and made five in a four-point overtime win. Against Golden State, the Warriors attempted 12 more and made nine in an 11-point win. The Rockets are getting crushed from beyond the arc.
Through three games, Houston is 27th in 3-pointers made and 25th in 3-point percentage, but 19th in attempts. They do not have a ton of shooting on their roster, but they cannot start in a five-point hole every night. The Rockets were 29th in 3-pointers made and 30th in percentage last season, and it resulted in just 22 wins.
The Rockets need Fred VanVleet and Dillon Brooks firing threes to have success. The All-Star averaged 9.3 attempts per game over the last three seasons combined but is taking just 7.7 so far in Houston. Brooks has seen his drop from 6.0 to 4.3 each night.
Ime Udoka and his staff need to generate more 3-pointers for their best shooters or it will be a long season in Space City. Jabari Smith Jr. is currently second on the team with 18 long-range attempts. The Rockets need to see the former number-three pick knock those down, but he is unproven. Houston has to put their players in the best positions to succeed and that includes creating more open triples.