Rockets player-by-player breakdown — key metrics and trends


In the first round, the Rockets beat the Timberwolves in five games.

In the second round, the Rockets beat the Jazz in five games.

How did Houston get it done? How many 3-pointers did the Rockets shoot per game?

Some key metrics, with their playoff rank in parentheses:

-Offensive rating -- 111.1 (1st)
-Defensive rating -- 102.1 (2nd)
-3-pointers attempted -- 39.9 (1st)
-3-point percentage -- 35.3 (11th)
-Turnovers -- 9.7 (1st)
-Fastbreak points -- 9.8 (13th)
-Pace -- 98.29 (9th)

Now, let's take a look at some numbers from their main rotation players:

James Harden

-Regular season -- 30.4 points, 8.8 assists, 44.9 percent overall, 36.7 percent from deep
-Playoffs -- 28.5 points, 7.4 assists, 40.7 percent overall, 34.4 percent from deep
-Games 2 through 5 vs the Jazz -- 6-for-32 from 3-point range
-Usage percentage -- 36.7 (second highest to Russell Westbrook)

Chris Paul

-Game 5 vs the Jazz -- 41 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 0 turnovers (incredible)
-Game 1 vs Minnesota -- 6 turnovers
-Game 1 vs Utah -- 7 turnovers
-Other eight playoff games combined -- 6 turnovers

Clint Capela

-Playoffs -- 14.4 points, 12.2 rebounds (leads all players with 4.1 offensive rebounds), 2.8 blocks, 63.4 percent overall
-6.3 screen assists per game -- second most 
-15.8 contested shots per game -- fourth most

PJ Tucker

-He scored 20 points vs the Warriors in the regular-season opener and that turned out to be his season high.

Trevor Ariza

-19-for-56 (33.9 percent) from 3-point range in the playoffs (5-for-11 in the left corner)

Eric Gordon

-31.4 percent from deep in the playoffs

Three games vs the Warriors in the regular season:
-Oct. 17 -- 24 points, 0-for-6 from deep
-Jan. 4 -- 30 points, 2-for-9 from deep
-Jan. 20 -- 6 points, 0-for-9 from deep

Luc Mbah a Moute

-Missed the entire series vs Minnesota because of a shoulder injury
-Averaged 19 minutes per game vs Utah and went 2-for-10 from 3-point territory in the series

Gerald Green

-Game 2 vs Minnesota -- 5-for-12 from deep (10-for-32 combined in the other nine playoff games)
-Jan. 4 vs the Warriors -- 29 points, 8-for-15 from deep

Ryan Anderson

-Only played 19 total minutes in the series vs Utah -- did not play at all in Games 4 and 5


-Averaging 10.2 minutes per game in the playoffs


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