Rockets, Warriors Torch Opponents with Drastically Different Approaches

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The Warriors and Rockets are the class of the NBA. The best of the West, they’re thought of as the two titans of the three-point revolution. But this isn’t just a battle of the two best teams in the NBA—it’s two very different basketball philosophies coming to blows. Beauty and the beast.

Both teams love the three-pointer, sure, but the two really couldn’t be more different. Looking at the frequency of where each team takes its shots, and how it compares to the rest of the league, it’s quite apparent what the Rockets are trying to do. And perhaps a little surprising to learn the Warriors value a distribution of shots from all over the floor above maximizing the three-point shooting they have.

It’s not just about where they get their shots but how they get them. The Warriors capitalize on incredible ball movement, cutting and passing lanes freed up by the terror they instill at the three-point line. When defenses are forced to overplay the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant beyond the arc, the Warriors are more than happy to cut backdoor for a layup or keep the ball moving even beyond that.

The Rockets are an entirely different story.

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2775879-rockets-warriors-torch-opponents-with-drastically-different-approaches

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