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The PROBLEM With Russell Westbrook, James Harden, And The ROCKETS

The PROBLEM With Russell Westbrook, James Harden, And The ROCKETS
hey sports fans coach Nick here and this video is brought to you by the online bball breakdown membership click the first link in the description below to learn more and join good when the Thunder traded Paul George to the Clippers last week it sent shockwaves throughout the NBA and it also sent a message that the Thunder were going to tear the whole thing down and start over the next domino to fall was obviously Russell Westbrook and after a lot of negotiations Daryl Morey pulled the trigger clearly the issues between cp3 and

harden

were very real and the Rockets felt that need to move on and in the same move reunite these long-lost teammates but there are serious questions here did the Rockets get better can russ and

harden

play together could this be a colossal mistake destined to crash and burn or does Houston have a pairing that can finally put them over the top despite Westbrook's impressive box corn numbers he never rates higher than the 48th percentile and overall offense over the past four seasons meaning he was never above average and efficiency and simply made up board in sheer volume since 2009 13 times as the player averaged more than 20 shots a game and shot under 45% and Russ is on this list four times turning in some of the worst shooting performances from a high-volume shooter of all time in OKC many of

westbrook

's defenders would point to the lack of spacing as a reason why Russ was so willfully inefficient for so many years it wasn't hard to find plenty of examples of the defense ignoring perimeter players to load up on Russ forcing him to kick out for open shots that simply clanks hard off the limb here you can see Portland has four players in the paint while denying the only perimeter threatened Paul George another kick-out from Russ another bridge shot here's a pick and roll out of horns then run for him and the defense is only concerned with Jeremy grant who may switch on and can sync back and wall off the paint to entice Russ into another miss from mid-range but it wasn't always his teammates lack of gravity that caused his issues because he's simply not a threat from outside damian lillard can continually go underneath the ball screen until Russ settles for another mid-range brick it's well known the Rockets avoid the mid-range like the plague and not only did Russ average more 16 to 24 foot shots per game than the entire Houston team he shot 35.3% on them good for 26 out of 30 guards who took at least two of them per game and I just don't feel that most of the mid-range misses were due to poor spacing as much as poor mechanics and rhythm something that I don't think is going to change once he gets to Houston while the hardened cp3 appearing ultimately didn't work no one can deny that their first year together turn the Rockets into a jug or not winning 65 games and just about knocking off the Warriors a big reason why Paul works in the three Sedgwick Rock it's offense under D'Antoni is because Paul can do the one thing Russ can't shoot the rock he's good enough for behind the arc to have gravity and keep the floor space for Harden and even though he reduced his mid-range shot attempts considerably he was a scalding 57 percent from 16 to 24 feet I don't think James Harden is going to change his game much with rust on the floor just as we saw him uninvolved in many of Chris Paul's possessions don't expect him to move much without the ball just stay as wide in the weak side as possible conserving energy while cb3 did his thing but it works well for the team as he has tremendous gravity and wood pulled his defender out of the way of the action as cp3 made good decision after good decision to find open shooters my question is can rust consistently do this and while he did improve his finishing at the rim be considerably this year when it came down to the playoffs he was putrid falling into the same habits that have plagued his career and despite some incredible highlights had traditionally left him towards the bottom of the rankings on shots in the page while the Rockets are known for their isolation game from James Harden they also ran Mike D'Antoni's 21 series also known as pistol this was a source of frustration for Chris Paul who wanted to run it more rather than stand around and wait for James Harden to fire it to him with little time on the shot clock and no way for him to do what he's best at controlling a possession and creating a great shot for either him or a teammate here is one version where cp3 gets the handoff towards the middle went into a ball screen from capela notice that while harden is just standing on the weak side his gravity pulls Rubio out of the play as well Paul turns the corner and can fade away up and over go bare there is no way I could picture Russ hitting a shot like this you know here's another version where he gets the kick ahead to the wing fakes the handoff to rivers before getting into the lane off another inside ball screen watch how he expertly keeps Mitchell on his back in jail before kicking it out with an accurate pass for a rivers wide open 3 the basic pistol is setting a pin down and then doing a dribble handoff and you can see how easy it is for CP 3 the 2 is magic with this kind of action allowing him to get into the middle of the floor but I want you to try and picture rust running this and hitting shots like Paul did the one shot rust doesn't have is a floater and as we mentioned before struggles from the mid range to on shots that Chris Paul ferries no matter how good the big man's contest 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 his game enough to blend in seamlessly with the same kind of fit that you and C key can have when you're looking for the best seats to any sporting event concert or the feeder seat geek scours the internet for the best prices gives them a grade to let you know what kind of deal you're getting and they fully guarantee each ticket let me hook you up on your first purchase save 20 bucks by using my code B ball and don't forget when you think tickets think seeking I was able to dig up a few clips of rust running pistol action it wasn't easy because Russ almost never plays off the ball but check how he comes off a pin down gets the dribble hand off then a ball screen from Adams this collapses the defense and rust is a beautiful job kicking to the corner this gives me hope here's another version of pistol as the handoff and set a step-up screen on the left wing watch how the defense ignores Ferguson to get into Russ's way the question will be kenny recognizes in houston and make the right pass to a shooter instead of a Dirk leg fall away missed shot like he does here if rust can embrace being off ball more Houston no doubt will be able to get him into actions like this weave across the top into a ball screen for him notice how this becomes Spain pick and roll when Paul George backs frees Adams man the Red Sea parts and gets him an easy layup but that same action in another game allows the defense to just go way underneath the screen and this lured him into shooting the wide open three ball suppling teams we'll be more than happy to give up every time and for good reason Russ's catch-and-shoot game has at time to his career been good but then other times has been bloody awful and I'm sure the Rockets have confidence that it will improve alongside the brilliance of James Harden one thing's for sure defences will give him all sorts of room to shoot this the first few months of the season daring him to prove that he's figured out how to hit open shots otherwise Houston will have a

problem

and Mike D'Antoni will have to figure out if he can afford to play Westbrook if he can't make an outside shot and struggles to finish I'm picking the rolls at the same time isolation will be another big category for us as the Rockets offense allows for plenty of it but the majority of isolation shots Russ takes our long twos and I just don't know how the front office and coaching staff will be able to stomach a high volume low efficiency mid-range shooter playing heavy minutes Carmelo Anthony tried it and they basically cut him after only 10 games I would like to see them poster us up a bit we saw cp3 get some of this and my favorite action is when they'd set 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 have been better in OKC as a shooting guard someone who can attack off ball movement from the wings and leave initiating the offense to a traditional point guard they actually had this in OKC for stretches when harden ran point at analyzing group that should have had a chance to stay together perhaps this is Russ's chance to fulfill that role and be the best he's ever been in a team concept that drives them to lots of wins in the Marvel Universe there was only one time line where the Avengers overcame Thanos much like there is only one way that the Rockets can make this poll

westbrook

experiment work russ has to not only be more willing to get off the ball and attack out of the pistol series but he's going to need to get more efficient with his shooting all around particularly from three-point land it's even more crucial since they're going to need a way to overcome Russia's defensive deficiencies where he tends to get lost off ball and beaten by his man on cuts and it's also showing a propensity for ignoring the shooter in order to hover around the hoop for rebounds it's possible this pairing will 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 group leaving the Rockets wondering what might have happened had they not messed with such a good thing sports fans coach Nick again and thanks for watching if you enjoyed this video then I've got a new online basketball 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 to learn more and don't forget to Like and subscribe and let me know how you feel about today's video check your settings to make sure you get notified each time we drop a new one after all at people break down not a channel we're a conversation you win
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