Head coach Stephen Silas has probably found the cure for his debacles this season. The Houston Rockets are now 2-15 this season after enjoying their best game of the year. After coming under serious pressure on Wednesday morning over a possible release from his head coaching position, Silas came out all smiles ahead of his pre-match press conference. It was as if the Rockets were 15-1, as he continued to smile and joke. Silas mentioned that he was prepared for times like this because his father, Paul Silas, had experienced it when he was younger.
“You have to understand that this has been a part of my life since I was little, so there are a few parts to it. There’s the part that it’s entertainment and that’s for people to have something to say or for people to have something to discuss. – Silas
I’m going to do the things that I believe in, I’m going to do them in a way that I feel is smart and well thought out.
Silas even mentioned that relations between the Fertittas, the coaching staff, the locker room, and Stone were going well. He said:
” I want it. I haven’t been told anything else, and when you go through these sequences, there’s a lot too, and I’m up for anything. I am ready for us to continue to improve. ”
Silas is a smart and kind trainer who understands his X and Bone magic. It has been difficult for the Rockets to find their spacing throughout the season and do the right readings, but it felt accomplished after the win over the Chicago Bulls. Kevin Porter Jr. said:
“Doing the additional reading.” We have praised it in the last two games. I’m sure you see every time we have a ball swing, the flow of the game is much better, and everyone is touching it and everyone is happy.
Silas added that it was great to see the spacing between the players against Chicago, which allowed for better shooting and taxiing opportunities. He said:
“These guys have a lot of floor space. It gave us more room to drive the ball well. This gave Scoot [Porter] more space to drive into the painting. And it really helped our rolling play on the pick-and-roll. And they weren’t afraid to shoot it and I love them both for it.
“It feels good when you do 17 threesomes tonight.” It looks a lot better. Shoot at 47 percent instead of 25 percent. And, yes, we were in our spacing plans. It looked a lot better because we make them. It’s about doing things the right way for us.
Although the Rockets won against the Bulls on Wednesday, they still got over the hole that had widened earlier in the season. Silas has juggled several players in his game rotations, including the starters.
Wednesday night, Daniel Theis did not play. Theis didn’t seem comfortable with the Rockets due to his lack of speed and athleticism. He is not as fast as Christian Wood nor as gifted as Alperen Sengun. Spacing just got easier for the Rockets, including shooting. Wood felt there was more room on the field, which created more space. “Able to find shooters on the perimeter. Capable of pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop, ”said Wood.
The Rockets are shooting 28.1% from the three-point line and 39.5% from the field with 8.9 assists and 9.7 per game of turnovers, while Thies is on the field. He also gives the Rockets a whopping -11.3. With Theis off the field, they shoot 45.1% from the field and 34.2% from the three-point line, which includes -0.9 and 13.2 assists per game. As the stats show, the Rockets are better without Theis. Silas mentioned that he has no idea if he will keep the starting five rotation and that he loves Theis professionalism. He said:
“It’s hard to say because it’s a game. Because there will be teams that have five bigger and we will give to adapt in a way. As for having a fixed line-up, I think its tendency is no and it’s more based on who we play. “
” It’s really difficult. I really hadn’t planned on doing it, but Alpe played really well. So, yeah, it’s super hard not to play Theis and that’s part of it. “
Silas used a small line-up against the Bulls putting Wood in the middle position, which was successful and looked very comfortable. The Rockets had an offensive rating of 110.3 and defense of 104.6. They also shot the ball three to 47.2 percent with a 50 percent field goal score. The Rockets looked smoother with the spin they had tonight. Armoni Brooks, Garrison Matthews and Kenyon Martin Jr. finally have the chance to prove they are valuable in the rotation.
In two games, Brooks shot three balls at 57.1 percent, 7.0 attempts per game with 14.0 points per game in 21 minutes. His offensive rating is 109.6 with a live shot of 76.9 and an effective shot percentage of 75.0 while going around screens and attacking on offensive curl actions. Brooks has been a reliable and productive sniper for the Rockets and is expected to stay in the rotation after battling for a spot from training camp.
As noted, Martin and Matthews looked good as both offensive and defensive role players making good play. Matthews had a great game defensively against the Bulls and has a defensive rating of 103.7 on the odds. season. Martin is excellent in transition (Per Synergy, he gets 1.67 points per position and is in the 98e percentile (!)) and as a rim racer for the Rockets.
Sengun continues to look good and increase his potential in the NBA. He creates driving and passing lanes for his teammates and slowly increases his score to 9.0 points per game. Sengun is growing more confident from the three-point line shooting 42.9% on 1.2 attempts per game. Wood mentioned that Sengun is good at making the right pass:
“He gives the guys the right passes. When he’s gone post-up, he can move, and he did. He is very confident in his post-ups and his ability to move on. It helps everyone because they know how to cut it, play with it. When he’s in the game, we really push the attack through the Alpe.
It’s funny… because Silas said the same thing about Sengun.
To conclude, Silas doesn’t seem worried about losing his job because he feels in control and knows what he’s doing. He believes in coaching and doesn’t need the approval of the outside world.
“I don’t need approval. I believe in what I do. I think I’m good at it. Players react when I challenge them or train them. Whether we won or lost tonight, I am the same coach.