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.
Coach’s Take – As I wrote about on Sunday, a lot of the team’s recent struggles have had a lot to do with the wings’ inability to throw a stone in the ocean. As Kevin McHale discussed after the game on Saturday, when the Rockets miss shots, everything else falls apart.
“We missed some shots, and then we started doubting it, and then we stopped taking some shots that we need to take. Then we got a lot of turnovers and then we got really passive and we just got nothing going.”
It’s a little tempting to hit the panic button after the three losses to L.A. teams last week. But over and over again after the loss the the Clippers, McHale talked about how it wasn’t just the fact that the team was missing shots, but the way the team reacted to the missed shots that really cost them the game. No doubt there will continue to be calls to shake up the rotation and take Asik out of the starting lineup to free up the offense. In light of McHale’s admonitions to his players to keep playing their game when the shots don’t fall, I don’t think he’ll be changing the lineup in response to missed shots either.
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