[Introduction] The disadvantages of the Rockets Twin Towers combination are too obvious. Experts suggest trading Asik, but Morey expressed his satisfaction with the current state.
On November 5th, , the Houston Rockets challenged the Los Angeles Clippers in an away game. In the end, the Clippers defeated the visiting Rockets with a high score of 137-118.
The reason for the Rockets’ loss in this game is the Rockets’ two-tower combination. In the first few minutes of the game, Harden couldn’t break through due to the congestion inside, and the defense couldn’t prevent outside shots. He was directly beaten by the Clippers.
An 18-6 climax, when the Rockets removed the twin towers combination, although the Clippers’ formula was still very strong, the Rockets were not far behind, and the Rockets were still behind by 12 points until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter.
Asik played 24 points and only had 6 points and 7 rebounds.
When encountering such a problem, the first thing we thought of was that the Rockets’ two-tower combination couldn’t be integrated at all, and the second question was how to trade Asik.
But the general manager of the team, Morey, said in an interview: “We are very satisfied and very excited about the cooperation of the two center forwards of the team. Yes, Asik will be with us.”
Going to trade Asik.
Asik played very well without Howard.
Why when Howard came to the Rockets, experts agreed that the Rockets should trade Asik?
There are three reasons for this.
First of all, Asik’s salary is not low. This year his annual salary has reached 8 million US dollars, and the Rockets will pay 15 million US dollars next year. This is a bit expensive for a center who only has the ability to substitute.
The second is the cooperation between Asik and Howard. They play in the same way. They are both inside players who cannot shoot.
The third is that Asik is not willing to play as a substitute at all, but the combination of the twin towers will make the team very passive.
It’s worth mentioning that tomorrow the Rockets will play back-to-back against the Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers coach expressed disdain for the Rockets’ two-tower combination.
“I admit that the Rockets have a lot of offensive means, but the twin tower combination, they are only on the court at the same time 25% of the time.” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
His implication is that the Rockets only have the name of the twin towers, but not the reality of the twin towers at all.
If there are many weak teams, the height of the Rockets’ combination of twin towers may be able to deter them, but when facing a strong team, such a formation will allow the opponent to seize the opportunity, just like today, it will be out of control.