So where does HOU rank in the West now with J-Smoove? Still not better than Memphis or Golden State, imo, but the 3-seed looks to be theirs for the taking now. Portland is good, but I don't think Lillard can maintain this level of play for much longer...
I don't really think it's the opposite of their strategy. As a general concept threes and layups are better than long twos but each player has their own toolkit that they're good at. Rockets have selected players that generally fit into the concept but like last year they can play off concept too. Also threes aren't the only way to create spacing. Grizzlies create spacing predominantly by smart cutting to suck in defenders and passing the ball well. Rockets like four out cuz it's easier but two in can work well too. just needs adjustments.
Also hoping somebody can help his shot but I highly doubt he's coachable at this point
The problem is that he insists on burning a high amount of his usage on the worst parts of his game. Your point is valid but everything you mention is exactly everything he's not good at. I think he's a very talented player but no one's ever been able to get him to fucking stop. He needs to take all his shots inside the paint and he'll be just fine. Problem is, Howard lives there so I don't see how this is going to be different than Detroit