One key area the Rockets’ young backcourt needs to make a leap

N.B. Lindberg
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The Houston Rockets’ backcourt duo of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. nearly led the Rockets to an upset victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Green’s 33 points on 13 of 21 shooting would have been the performance of the night if it wasn’t for Ja Morant torching the Rockets for 49 points. 

The 129-122 loss was as promising as they come. The Rockets pushed a team with championship aspirations to the brink and forced a superstar to put on their cape to save the day. These are the types of games young teams learn and grow from, but an interesting statistic caught my eye. The Rockets took 35 3-pointers, but only one came from the corner, which promoted an inquest. 

In an earlier post, I examined how the Houston Rockets are taking the fewest percentage of their threes from the corners and how it is costing them easy points. I wanted to follow up and examine why the Rockets were eschewing one of the most valuable shots in the game, the corner three.

What has sparked the Houston Rockets’ corner Exodus?

This season, 7.1% of the Rockets’ 3-point attempts have been classified as corner threes, and the figure isn’t a small sample mirage either. Last season, they also finished last in the league in corner three percentage at 17.3%. 

The rate at which the Rockets are avoiding the highest value 3-pointers is alarming and raises a few questions; has Stephen Silas built an offense devoid of corner three attempts? Do the Rockets have players unwilling to take shots from corners? Or are their guards simply not finding shooters in the corners?

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