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Rockets hope Robert Covington is playoff answer

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has a distinct vision of how basketball should be played in today’s NBA – lots of 3-pointers, shots at the rim and free throws, and not much in between.

Of the Rockets’ 4,572 field goal attempts this season, 2,192 are threes and 1,903 are at the rim, according to NBA.com/stats shot charts. That’s Morey’s influence not only on the Rockets but the NBA in general.

It is a formula – led by offensive force James Harden – that has generated regular-season success and some playoff success for Houston, but it has not resulted in a Western Conference championship and spot in the NBA Finals.

In a massive four-team, 12-player trade on Tuesday involving Houston, Minnesota, Denver and Atlanta, Morey pushed his chips to the middle of the table on his small-ball philosophy, acquiring 3-and-D specialist Robert Covington from the Timberwolves and sending center Clint Capela to the Hawks.

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