It’s nice when the three-pointers are falling but not as nice when they aren’t.
Chandler Parsons had five of the Rockets’ 3-pointers.
At 41.3 percent, the Rockets’ 3-point shooting was actually commendable. But they were 38-of-84 in field goals shooting for 45.2 percent which couldn’t top the Wizards’ clip of 41-of-80 for 51.2 percent.The Rockets were hitting their shots in the first half but struggled in the second half as the Wizards made the necessary adjustments.
It’s not a total shame to lose to the Wizards, considering that are 11-4 since Jan. 7 against NBA teams with winning records. James Harden was 10-of-23 in 3-point shooting and wound up with 27 points.
Houston also had a poor night in free-throw shooting with 57.1 percent compared to 84.2 for the Wizards.
Kevin McHale needs to get his team’s shooting accuracy back in order. The Rockets are hanging on for dear life to that No. 8 playoff seed in the West but are hearing footsteps from the Los Angeles Lakers. The Rockets can’t be losing to struggling teams like the Wizards, although the Wizards have been playing excellent basketball lately.
It’s that time of year when if a team is going to put up a high amount of 3-pointers, it needs to make a few more. The loss to the Wizards was the toughest one the Rockets have had so far. But they could get tougher if McHale and his players aren’t too careful.