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Dwyane Wade calls small-ball Rockets ‘exciting as s**t’ to watch

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Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade was actually enjoying watching the Houston Rockets’ super-small-ball lineup this season.

The Rockets traded center Clint Capela Capela to the Atlanta Hawks in a four-team deal that landed them Robert Covington.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Houston general manager Daryl Morey pulled the trigger on the Capela deal to maximize star point guard Russell Westbrook, who now has more driving lanes to attack since there’s more room on the court to operate.

Wade thinks it’s great:

Before the NBA suspended its season, the Rockets were in sixth place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 40-24.

In his first season with Houston, Westbrook is averaging 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. The former MVP is shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 25.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free-throw line.

The Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in their last game before the coronavirus suspension. The team started James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Danuel House, PJ Tucker and Robert Covington. Luckily for the Rockets, Timberwolves star big man Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t play, otherwise Houston might have bad trouble slowing Minnesota down.

All the analytics backed up the decision to go with small ball. They were better without Capela on the floor this season anyway.

If the NBA season resumes, the Rockets will try to win the whole thing with no true center. It would be interesting to watch, that’s for sure.

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