The PROBLEM With Russell Westbrook, James Harden, And The ROCKETSAug 04, 2022
hello sports fans coach nick here and this video is brought to you by bball breakdown membership online click the first link in the description below to learn more and join when the thunder traded paul george to the Clippers last week, sent shockwaves throughout the NBA. and also sent a message that the Thunder were going to tear everything down and start over, the next domino to fall was obviously Russell Westbrook and after much negotiation Daryl Morey clearly pulled the trigger, the issues between cp3 and
hardenwere very real. and the Rockets felt the need to move on and in the same move reunite these long lost teammates but there are serious questions here if the improved Rockets can upset and
hardenplaying together could this be a colossal mistake destined to crash and burn or not?
Houston has a pairing that can finally put them over the top despite Westbrook's impressive box corn numbers, which never rates above the 48th percentile and overall offense above the past four seasons, meaning it was never down. above average and efficiency and just made the board back in high volume since 2009 13 times as the player averaged 20+ shots per game and shot under 45% and Russ is on this list four times delivering some of the worst shooting performances from an all-time high-volume shooter in OKC, many of Westbrook's defenders would point to the lack of space as one of the reasons Russ was so deliberately inefficient for so many years that it wasn't hard to find many examples. . of defense ignoring perimeter players to charge Russ forcing him to punt for open shots that just hit hard to the limb here you can see Portland have four players in the paint while denying the only perimeter threatening Paul George with another kick from Russ, another bridge shot, here's a pick and roll from the horns, then he runs at him and the defense is only concerned with Jeremy Grant, who can power up and time back and block the paint to lure Russ to another mistake. s from midrange, but it wasn't always the lack of gravity from his teammates that caused him
problems because he simply isn't an outside threat.
The Rockets avoid midrange like the plague and Russ not only averaged more shots from 16 to 24 feet per game than the entire Houston team, he shot 35.3% on them, which was good for 26 of the 30 guards who they took at least two of them per game. and I just don't feel like most midrange failures are due to poor spacing as much as poor mechanics and pacing, something I don't think is going to change once I get to Houston while the hardened cp3 that shows up finally doesn't work out, no one can deny that their first year together turned the Rockets into a pitcher or that they didn't win 65 games and nearly toppled the Warriors, a big reason why Paul works all three Sedgwick Rock, their offense under D'Antoni it's because Paul can do one thing ru ss he can't shoot rock he's good enough behind the arc to have gravity and keep space on the floor for Harden and while he reduced his shooting attempts considerably midrange, it was a 57 percent scalding from 16 to 24 feet.
I don't think James Harden is going to change his game much with the rust on the court, as we saw him uninvolved on many of Chris Paul's possessions. Don't expect him to move much off the ball, just stay as wide as possible on the weak side conserving energy while cb3 did his thing, but it works well for the team as he has tremendous gravity and the wood pushed his defender away from the ball. way of action, as cp3 made good decision after good decision to find open shooters. My question is can I consistently rust do this?
And while he improved his finishing at the rim considerably this year as he reached the playoffs, he was rotten falling into the same habits that have plagued his career and, despite some incredible standout moments, had traditionally left him toward the bottom of the standings. in shots on the page while the Rockets are known for their James Harden isolation play they also ran Mike D'Antoni's 21 series aka pistol this was a source of frustration for Chris Paul who wanted to run it more instead of standing around and waiting for James Harden to shoot him with little time on the shot clock and no way for him to do what he does best to control a possession and create a great shot for himself or a teammate here's one version where cp3 gets the handoff to the middle went into a capella ball screen note that while harden is only standing on the weak side his gravity also takes Rubio out of the game or Paul turns the corner and can fade up and stand there naked There's no way I can imagine Russ taking a shot like this, here's another version where he gets the kick to the wing, fakes the handoff to the rivers before entering the lane from another inside ball screen.
Mitchell on his back in jail before kicking him with a pinpoint pass for a Rivers Wide Open 3 the basic gun is to set up a pin then do a dribble and you can see how easy it is for CP 3 the 2 is magic with this guy of action allows him to get into the middle of the court but I want you to try to imagine rust executing this and hitting shots like Paul did the only shot rust doesn't have is a floater and as we mentioned before he fights from the from the the average distance to shots Chris Paul takes no matter how good the big man's competition is.
I really can't figure out if this is going to work or not. It's all about whether Rus is willing to change up his game enough to blend in perfectly with the same kind of fit you and C key might have when looking for the best seats for any sporting event concert or the feeder seat geek looking for on the internet best prices gives them a rating to let you know what kind of deal you're getting and they fully guarantee every ticket let me hook you up with your first purchase save 20 bucks using my code ball B and don't forget when you think tickets think looking I was able to dig up some clips of rusty gun action it wasn't easy because Russ hardly ever plays off the ball but watch him come off a pin down take his hand off the dribble and then a screen of the ball from Adams this collapses the defense and rust is a beautiful job kicking to the corner this gives me hope here is another version of pistol like the pass through and set a pass screen to up on the left wing watch the defense ignore ferguson to get in the way of russ the question will be kenny acknowledging in houston and making the right pass to a shooter instead of a dirk leg drop missed shot like he does here if the Rust can accept being off the ball plus Houston will undoubtedly be able to drive him to actions like this. parts of the red sea and gives him an easy layup but that same action in another game allows the defense to go well under the screen and this lured him into shooting wide open three ball supply teams , we will be more than happy to resign each time and for good reason Russ's catch and shoot game has been good in his career but other times it has been horrible and I'm sure the Rockets are confident he will improve together With the brilliance of James Harden, one thing is for sure, defenses will. give him all sorts of space to shoot this the first few months of the season by challenging him to show that he's figured out how to hit open shots;
If not, Houston will have a
problemand Mike D'Antoni will have to figure out if he can afford it. play Westbrook if you can't make an outside shot and have a hard time finishing I'm picking rolls at the same time as isolation will be another important category for us as the Rockets offense allows a lot but most isolation shots are Take Russ. our long two and I just don't know how the front office and coaching staff will be able to support a high volume, low efficiency midrange shooter playing heavy minutes Carmelo Anthony tried and they basically cut him after just 10 games I'd like to see them put us off kinda, we saw cp3 get some of this and my favorite action is when they set up a ball screen for him down there, opening up easy shots that Russ should be able to be consistent on.
I always felt that rust would. he's been better in OKC as a shooting guard, someone who can attack the movement of the ball from the wings and let a traditional point guard lead the offense; in fact they had this in OKC for extended periods when Harden was aiming to look at the group that should have had a chance to stay together, maybe this is Russ's chance to fulfill that role and be the best he's ever had in a concept of team that leads them to many victories in the Marvel Universe, there was only one timeline in which the Avengers greatly outclassed Thanos.
As if there's only one way the Rockets can make this poll Westbrook experiment work, Russ not only has to be more willing to lay the ball down and attack outside of the shooter series, but he'll also need to be more efficient. with his shots. particularly from three-point ground, it's even more crucial as they'll need a way to overcome Russia's defensive shortcomings, where they tend to fumble and get hit by their man on cuts and also show a propensity to ignore the shooter on cuts. To float around the hoop for rebounds, this matchup might work after all, it's a star-driven league and Russ will have more shooters and space around him than ever before, but I'd honestly be surprised if they were in the championship mix. with this.
The group leaves the Rockets wondering what might have happened if they hadn't messed with something so good. Sports Fan Trainer Nick again and thanks for watching. If you enjoyed this video, then I have a new base online. Ketball Membership where I share with you the best of what NBA teams are doing to help you be more successful on the court. Click the first link in the description or the pin comment below for more information. I know how you feel about today's video. Check your settings to make sure you get notified every time we release a new one.
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