Lessons – In this extensive list at Hardwood Paroxysm of lessons learned from the last week of basketball, just one of those lessons involved the Houston Rockets.
Jared: The Rockets somehow still don’t have a better end-of-game play than “James Harden dribbles a lot and then takes a jumper.”
True. Excuse me while I go relieve some stress.
StatCheck – Through the first seven games, Jeremy Lin is Houston’s best three-point shooter at 43.8 percent. Chandler Parsons is the worst at 23.1 percent. It seems like the whole idea of Lin penetrating and kicking out to shooters like Parsons has been turned on its head. Since Lin only attempts 2.3 threes per game and Parsons is attempting 3.7, it would be nice if The Hair would start connecting.
The Houston Rockets have to bounce back. It seems like they’ve had “bounce back” at the top of the to-do list forever, but they still haven’t really checked it off. The first Clippers game was disappointing. The loss to the ailing Lakers was crushing. And the Clippers swooped back in on Saturday to bring the running tally up to “extremely frustrating.” The Toronto Raptors are visiting Houston for a game on Monday, and they may be a target of opportunity for a Rockets team looking for convenient targets.
The Raptors have their own life issues to deal with, primarily that of finding a direction. Their new general manager, Masai Ujiri, comes with a grade-a pedigree and the uncanny ability to convince the teams to make trades they shouldn’t make. But even after dealing the allegedly-undealable Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks, the Raptors are sitting on a losing season early and don’t look to be on the way up just yet. Rudy Gay finally has eyes that work, but that doesn’t affect shot selection. DeMar DeRozan is a shooting guard without the shooting. The grapevine suggests that Kyle Lowry has begun to grumble again, a large part of the reason he moved from Houston to Toronto in the first place. These two teams both have something at stake when they meet up, but only one can win. [read more…]