The Houston Rockets live by the 3-pointer, and more often than not, they also die by the 3-pointer.
On Monday, their strategy backfired on them again as the Rockets took an NBA playoff-record 58 3-pointers while losing Game 4 of their first-round NBA playoff series to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Yes, the Rockets hoisted 58 3-pointers and lost. They did make 23 3-pointers, but 35 missed shots from deep reminded people of Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference finals when Houston missed 27 straight 3-pointers in a loss to the Warriors.
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As you can imagine, NBA Twitter had a lot of fun with the Rockets shooting blanks against the Thunder.
You see how easy it is to hit that sign the closer you are. Now just give him a ball and stand 22 feet away. Odds are you can miss it. Logical analytics. https://t.co/Fp0qhZwzgr
— Eddie A Johnson (@Jumpshot8) August 24, 2020
Wow the Rockets got COLD and just stayed cold.
— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) August 24, 2020
This game was everything me and @RooshWilliams talked about on the preview pod:
1. Boom or bust on the 3s: why not mix it up when the drought starts just to keep the chains moving?
2. Harden wilting in another pressure situation.
— RussNinetyFour (@RedNinetyFour) August 24, 2020
Rockets variance is a rollercoaster complete with nausea and exhiliration.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) August 24, 2020
As we mentioned earlier, the Rockets live and die by the 3-pointer, and this stat proves it.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni had a simple explanation for all the missed 3-pointers in the fourth quarter Monday.
Mike D’Antoni on the Rockets’ 4-of-19 3-point shooting in the fourth quarter: “I thought we had our looks. We just didn’t make them.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) August 24, 2020
The Rockets are trying a strategy that is high-risk, high-reward. They’ve had a lot of success with it in the regular season, but in the NBA playoffs, it doesn’t translate as well.
As evidence by Monday’s loss and Game 7 of the West finals against the Warriors, the Rockets might want to consider changing their strategy when the shots start clanging off the rim.
If they don’t, the Rockets could be looking at another year where they fail to reach the NBA Finals.
NBA Twitter reacts after Rockets take 58 3-pointers in loss to Thunder originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area