The Houston Rockets have already used four different starting lineups this season. They’ve yet to use any of them for more than four consecutive games. With Jeremy Lin now out of action with a knee sprain for the next two weeks and James Harden returning to the lineup from a sore foot, Houston went back to the starters that they likely will play most if and when this team can ever get and stay fully healthy and they got a comfortable win over the Brooklyn Nets, 114-96 on Friday night.
Just one month into the season, they are already only two players, Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons, who have played in every game. Even with the constant changes, the team is clearly playing its best basketball of the season. Most notably they are enjoying a very hot shooting stretch and the longer it continues, the less it looks like a hot streak and the more it looks like who this team is.
Chandler Parsons did not miss a shot in the game going 7-of-7, including making all six of 3-point attempts, as he led the Rockets with 21 points. Omri Casspi came off the bench and made each of his 3-point shots. Francisco Garcia was 5-of-7 and Aaron Brooks made 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line as the team made a season best 19 3-pointers. They were 19-of-32 (59.4 percent), marking the third time in their last four games, the team has made more than half of their 3-pointers.
“We are moving the ball well, so everybody is involved in the offense” Garcia said. “We are doing a good job of finding the open man. C(handler) P(arsons) had it going, A(aron) B(rooks) had it going, everybody had it going, Casspi had it going, so we are just feeling good right now.”
We’re playing good, sharing the ball,” Brooks said. “Attacking close outs, (Fran)cisco’s on fire right now. We’re playing good team basketball. We’re playing inside out, if we keep hitting three’s it’s going to open up Dwight to do his thing. That’s the way this team is built.”
In their last seven games, Houston is shooting 281-of-529 (53.1 percent) from the field.
“We’ve got some guys that can really shoot the ball,” Parsons said. “Francisco (Garcia) and Omri (Casspi) are unbelievable shooters and we just have to stay confident and keep shooting good ones.
“We don’t want to force any shots, the better shots we get, the higher percentage we’ll shoot.”
For the season, the Rockets are shooting nearly 49.2 percent, good for second in the league. They have raised their 3-point shooting percentage to 37.8 percent, which nearly has them in the top ten. They were among the league’s worst three point shooting teams before this current stretch of wining seven of their last eight games.