Rockets Christian Wood making his presence felt from beyond the arc

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Over the last six games, the Houston Rockets have lived their 2021 mantra of “Light The Fuse” from beyond the three-point line. During that span, they are averaging 17.3 made 3-pointers, which equates to 40.8 percent and has led them to a six-game winning streak.

Rockets head coach Stephen Silas talked about the turnaround he has seen from his team from beyond-the-arc after the 118-108 over the New Orleans Pelicans:

Having more shooting on the floor, being more confident shooting the ball, being more intentional about drive-and-kick, and making the extra pass. During this streak, we are second in the league in three-point attempts. I am not worried about the makes, we are shooting 41 percent, but it’s the attempts that we need to have more space so that they will honor us and we can drive or roll (to the rim).

With a roster consisting of three-point specialists Eric Gordon, Armoni Brooks, and Garrison Mathews, forward/center Christian Wood has been a very efficient shooter from deep during the winning streak. Wood is averaging 2.3 3FGM on 56.0% shooting during the six-game winning streak including 83 percent shooting on Sunday against the Pelicans.

In 23 games this year, Wood averages 36.8 percent from the three-point range, which is close to his career average of 37 percent. He attributes his recent shooting success to having the necessary space on the floor created by Gordon, Brooks, and Mathews and his drive and determination to take the Rockets to the next level. That includes putting in extra work on the court.

“I am not going to have an off day,” said Wood when asked about his plans for Monday as the team will not practice. “I am going to come in and get some shots up and try to get ready for the next game, which will be a big one.”

On Tuesday, the Rockets will return to the practice court to prepare for their big game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday at the Toyota Center.