Another Wednesday means another installment of the Red94 mailbag! As the Rockets continue to struggle with consistency, at least the team appears to be nearing full strength. Currently, Houston sits at 11-12, good for 13th in the Western Conference. However, they are only one and a half games out of the playoff picture and five games back of the top seed, so the rest of the conference isn’t exactly lighting things up. With that being said, let’s get to this week’s set of questions!

Two questions regarding Brandon Knight, who played in a rehab game in the G League last week as he continues his recovery. In case you forgot or aren’t aware, Brandon Knight hasn’t played in a NBA game since February 15, 2017. By the time he sees the floor with the Rockets, he will have gone nearly two full years without playing in a NBA game! Therefore, I wouldn’t expect much early on from Knight as he works to find his footing again in the league.

If he does well with his minutes and his body holds up, the Rockets will be getting a talented, but inefficient scorer. For his career, Knight owns a True Shooting percentage of 52% and he hasn’t hit his 3-pointers at a league average rate since the 2014-15 season (he is a career 35.7% shooter from beyond the arc).

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Another Wednesday means another installment of the Red94 Mailbag! The Rockets continue to struggle and give credence to the idea that this could be a more pedestrian season than anyone expected. What haven’t been pedestrian are the questions you all are sending me each week! With that being said, let’s get into this week’s set of questions.

For the Rockets sake, they sure hope that the past two games are Gordon reverting back to his previous abilities and level of play. In these past two games (which were losses), Gordon has scored 64 points on 20-39 shooting from the field and more importantly, 13-27 from beyond the arc.

With Chris Paul missing both of the games, Gordon was thrusted into a large role (he played 43 and 39 minutes respectively in the two games) and had the ball in his hands more. Obviously Gordon won’t shoot nearly 50% on 3-pointers moving forward, but these games could be the start of a hot streak that reverts his shooting percentages back to his career averages.

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The Rockets finally return to action tonight as they look to continue their winning streak after having an extended break. On an unrelated note, I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving (even though there is no basketball on!). With that being said, let’s get to this week’s set of questions!

By “this” I’m sure Forrest is referring to the Rockets’ strong play in November, in which they own the league’s sixth ranked offense, seventh ranked defense, fifth best net rating and are 7-2. For the most part, I believe that this level of play is very reasonable and should be expected moving forward. I would anticipate some defensive regression as the season goes on and the minutes load piles up on players like Tucker, Paul, etc. but at the same time, there is still plenty of room for improvement for the offense.

Paul and Gordon are still struggling with wide open threes, as both are below 32% on such shots. Gordon in general has continued to struggle hitting shots (just 43.7 true shooting percentage), which you have to expect to improve. James Harden’s finishing around the rim still has significant room for improvement as he continues to find his groove. Even fringe rotation players such as Nene and Brandon Knight should provide something offensively if/when they return this season (the if is more focused on Knight, for obvious reasons).

Ennis has been exactly what was expected of him when he was signed. He is knocking down nearly 39% of his threes and grades out as a positive defender according to defensive real plus-minus, while the team’s defense improves when he is on the floor. Meanwhile, Clark has been a revelation on that end, as he owns a defensive box plus-minus of +1.7, while the Rockets’ defense improves by 4.2 points per 100 possessions when he is on the court. Clark is even averaging over 2 blocks per 36 minutes!

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