The Houston Rockets intend to keep raining 3-pointers on the Seattle SuperSonics.
The Rockets, led by Mario Elie's 5-for-5 shooting, poured in 15 of 28 (53.1 percent) of their 3s during a 112-102 victory Monday night in the opening game of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series. Game 2 is Wednesday night.Elie said the Rockets will keep shooting from long range as long as they succeed.
"We space the floor so well and passing is the key," he said. "If they keep doing that (playing their defensive scheme) to us they'll have to take their medicine. I'm shooting well. I'm not hesitating. Matt (Maloney) is not hesitating and Sedale (Threatt) is not hesitating. We'll keep shooting."
In case their 3-point shooting percentage drops off, Charles Barkley says the Rockets will be ready to rely on other aspects of their game.
"You can't shoot that percentage night after night," Barkley said. "When they stop falling, you drop your head and drive."
The SuperSonics practiced Tuesday trying to find ways to fine-tune the system that the Rockets have destroyed the past two times they've played.