Houston Rockets Need To Be Shooting Better, Says Kelvin Sampson

By John Raffel


Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Shooting woes continue to haunt the Houston Rockets, but interim coach Kelvin Sampson is confident his team is going to turn it around in future games.

In Saturday’s 96-82 NBA win over the winless Detroit Pistons, the Rockets were 33 of 82 from the floor for 40.2 percent.

“I thought our defense was really good both halves,” said Sampson, serving as interim coach while Kevin McHale was tending to a family matter. “Our pick and roll coverages was outstanding. That’s a big difference that we made that we continue to improve. Last night against Memphis, we shot 37 percent. We’re still not shooting as well as we need to. We put a great emphasis tonight on converting defensive rebounds and conversion from defense to offense and scoring in transition and playing faster and moving the ball.

“You can tell we were better tonight at moving the ball. Earlier in the game, I thought that we were almost unselfish to a fault. I’d rather err on that side this early in the season than on the other side. I saw a lot of improvement tonight. Again, we didn’t shoot it well but I saw improvement and that’s good for these young guys to see.”
The Rockets went to 3-3 and snapped a three-game losing streak.

“This is an important win,” Sampson said. “You’re always leery of a wounded animal and Detroit was wounded. They needed this win desperately and we did too. I liked our energy. We played good, especially with the second unit. I think the second unit came in and really boosted us. Tony Douglas played well. Marcus Morris was outstanding. Carlos (Delfino) was outstanding. It’s nice to see James (Harden) knock down some 3’s. It’s a big win.”

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