Which Teams Can Beat the Houston Rockets at Their Own Game?

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Which Teams Can Beat the Houston Rockets at Their Own Game?
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Fear the beard? Not everyone is worried about James Harden's Houston Rockets.

There are a few teams uniquely qualified to defeat the Houston Rockets while playing their brand of basketball.

The Rockets play at one of the fastest paces in the league, which allows the offense to maximize its opportunities. Houston uses a formula whereby the players rely exclusively on free-throw attempts, shots at the rim and three-point field goals.

 Houston’s style isn’t necessarily easy to emulate, because it requires a specific personnel.

Indeed, mimicking the Rockets requires great ball-handlers who can finish in traffic, athletes that attack the rim and hit shots from downtown, as well as players that draw a lot of fouls. 

It's worth noting, teams normally go with the identity they've used throughout the entire season, and therefore, switching gears seems counterproductive. However, the Rockets can "fool" opponents into speeding up the game and playing Houston's brand of basketball.

The list of teams capable of successfully reproducing that type of style is relatively small, but there are a few units qualified to do so, and they could beat Houston when the postseason arrives.

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