When we think of these rebuilding Rockets kids, we think of an “up-tempo” team that plays very fast, with Kevin Porter Jr. on the wand and athletes like Jalen Green, KJ Martin or Josh Cristopher at the end.
On paper, this is in any case the perfect scenario for this team, the identity that the club coached by Stephen Silas wants to embody, in the second year of rebuilding. But in fact, after a month in this 2022/23 season, the reality is very different: the Rockets are (almost) not running.
In fact, Houston’s young squad has registered just 11.1 points on the counter-attack this season, which is 7th worst in the league. An unnatural game that can be explained in particular by a defense that allowed too much, not far from being the weakest in the league: 115.8 points received from 100 possessions (28th out of 30). As well as the insane amount of turnovers that prevent the team from getting up to speed: 22.9 points conceded on the counter attack in their turnovers (last in the league), and 18.5 points conceded in transition (last in league ).
In other words, the Rockets were running a bit short, as they cashed in a basket almost every possession…
” I want to run more, to have more options when you have leather on your hands. Quite simply, I want us to be a transition team. But for that, you have to defend better, get more rebounds, make more interceptions declared Stephen Silas at the end of last week, before his team played two games, against the Pacers and Warriors, with… 10 then just 13 points in transition.
A cruel lack of realism
There is no doubt that the Rockets love and want to run. But between wanting and being able, there is a world, and in the case of this young team this world is called “defense”. The Rockets’ tight-knit defense effectively offers them very few transitions: thus far, they’ve logged just 15.2 such possessions per game, the second-lowest total in the league this season.
” For us, the key is to stop and secure the rebounds KJ Martin was mentioned, while the Rockets were pretty good in second place, with 45.8 catches per game, the fifth best total in the league. ” Once we have the rebound, we have some guys who can push the leather. »
But another problem, and Kevin Porter Jr. laid it out. beautifully, the Rockets are only doing half the job. They are able to get rebounds well, but then are very inefficient when they have the rare opportunities to push the skin: they score less than one point per possession in transition (0.99 points / possession, the second lowest total in league )!
” In fact, we did not execute these transition phases well. Sometimes we lose the ball, or we make a dangerous pass. We waste these opportunities “Houston’s young leader detailed.” When our implementation becomes more fluid, we will definitely offer ourselves more migration baskets. »
|Kevin Porter, Jr.||15||34.9||41.0||33.8||73.3||1.5||4.7||6.1||5.8||4.0||1.3||0.5||2.9||19.1|
|Jabari Smith, Jr.||15||30.1||31.3||29.9||84.4||1.4||5.5||6.9||0.8||1.1||0.3||1.1||3.7||10.2|
|Come on Eason||16||18.1||41.9||40.0||82.6||2.1||2.9||5.0||1.0||0.9||1.4||0.5||2.3||8.1|
|Tyty Washington, Jr.||1||4.3||0.0||0.0||50.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.0|