The Houston Rockets secured the team’s first playoff appearance since the 2008-09 season on Tuesday night and another big achievement isn’t too far away– expect the Rockets to break the NBA record of three-pointers made in a single season.
With a further five games on the schedule, the Rockets seem certain to break the Orlando Magic’s record of 841 set in 2010. Averaging 10.6 threes this season, it will take just an average of 4.6 per game the rest of the way. Houston is just 23 made threes away from the Magic’s famous record. When under coach Stan Van Gundy, Orlando camped a number of outside threats around Dwight Howard on route of a conference finals appearance.
Under coach Kevin McHale, the Rockets have made a conscious effort to cut down on long two-point attempts (widely considered the worst shot in basketball) and are instead living, and sometimes dying, by the three-point shot.
Capturing the record doesn’t seem to be of much importance to these Rockets.
”A lot of other teams have other expectations,” James Harden told the assembled media after Tuesday night’s win against the Phoenix Suns as the Rockets secured their spot in the playoffs. ”But I think everybody has a playoff in their minds.”
The Rockets shouldn’t face a ton of defensive pressure over the team’s final four regular season games. Memphis is scheduled for Friday and is the lone respectable defensive outfit among Houston’s upcoming challengers. Games against Sacramento, Phoenix and the Lakers should see the Rockets get over the line.
Robert White covers the Houston Rockets for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @RobertWhitebrrr.