GeekSpeak – Houston Rockets GM/stat geek extraordinaire Daryl Morey chats with TrueHoop TV about the team’s mediocre start to the season. His comments about the Twin Towers lineup are of interest.
The Rockets are using Casspi as an undersize power forward, with the idea that Casspi can spot up for open 3s around pick-and-rolls that penetrate the defense. But Casspi isn’t a great 3-point shooter, and some power forwards are mobile enough to contest those open looks. Casspi is generally quicker than those big men, and when the initial look isn’t quite as open as he’d like, Casspi should have enough off-the-bounce creativity to keep the play moving.
Splitsville – Patrick Harrel at The Dream Shake makes the case for splitting up Howard and Asik:
If you breakdown team performance into four categories, interior offense, perimeter offense, interior defense, and perimeter defense, the Rockets are sacrificing three categories for an upgrade in one with this lineup. While they are stronger in the paint on defense, they are struggling to go help out on to shooters on the perimeter with Asik and Howard in the middle, and teams are burning them from deep. The Rockets are third worst in the league in terms of three point shots made, and their failure to control teams from shooting has cost them dearly in their losses to the Clippers and Lakers.
Personally, I’m inclined to agree with Morey’s earlier statement that the three-point shooting against the Twin Towers is “flukey.” Having both big men guarding the rim enables the perimeter players to hug up on shooters–at least in theory–and aside from Harden’s well-documented struggles, I think most of Houston’s perimeter players have made a decent effort to close out. It will be interesting to see if opposing teams’ shooting regresses to the mean over the next ten games or so.Got any sweet links or suggestions? Email them to email@example.com or message @EbyNews on Twitter.