Sampson, Harden talk chemistry
The Rockets may be coming off a win, but they also know they have plenty to still work on.
After all, this is a team that led the Hornets by 21 points before hanging on for a four-point victory.
"We had stretches last night where we were brilliant," Kelvin Sampson said. "The challenge for us is to extend those periods of time. Sustain that effort. Don't get away from it. That's where experience comes in. That's where trusting each other comes in. I don't know that we've been around each other enough that we trust each other yet, but you can tell we're getting better and better.
"I don't like coaching energy and effort. I expect it. That's not something you negotiate."
Sampson said the team went through a good film session on Thursday, saying that on offense, the Rockets need to work on constant continuous ball movement. Defensively, he said, pick 'n roll coverages need to be tighter.
James Harden said the film session was good to get him locked in.
"We're solid," Harden said. "The way our offense is, we have a lot of guys who try to attack the basket and find our shooters and find our bigs. We've got a lot of shooters, so as long as we can keep the ball moving, the ball doesn't get stagnant. As long as the guys can keep the ball moving continuously, it's hard for teams really to scout it because it's all regular basketball plays. We just have to get better with it and build chemistry, but that'll come over time."