“Our team is getting closer off the court, the more time we spend with each other,” Lin said. “We enjoy being around each other’s company, it’s not like it’s forced or anything. That’s a good thing, because when we get on the court, we want to play for each other.”
The closeness made it easier to establish a fast-paced offensive style. The Rockets were the league’s second-highest scoring team (106 points per game), finished second in fast-break points and sank a team-record 867 3-pointers.
“It’s promising that these guys are all my age and all my teammates, and we’re building something here,” said Chandler Parsons, the only starter left from last year’s roster. “It’s really encouraging for us that we’re doing big things in such a limited time and at such a young age.”