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Texas Full Court Press: Covering Texas NBA

According to Dean Oliver’s Basketball on Paper: Rules and Tools for Performance Analysis, one of four keys to determining victory on the hard court is free throw attempts and makes (the other three are offensive rebounds, field goal percentage, and turnovers forced). The idea is not hard to grasp. Free throws should be free points. An ingredient of a NBA player’s job which he is compensated millions to do should be to hit a respectable percentage of his free throws, and the more attempts he can aggregate and cash in on, the higher percentage of victory for his team.

In the first inter-Texas matchup of this fledgling season, the Rockets prevailed over their neighbors to the north in a matchup that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. The Rockets won the battle of free throw attempts 51-25 partly due to the Mavs’ hack-a-Howard strategy to climb back into the game. Congruently, the Rockets shot a paltry 66.7% in large part because of Dwight Howard’s 5-12 performance from the charity stripe.

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