The Rockets' balance between taking open 3-pointers and taking too many 3s has become a "fine line" that has been difficult to balance. With a season-high 37 3-point attempts in Tuesday's 117-109 loss to the Clippers, they spent part of Wednesday's preparations working to determine how to go from open shots to better shots.

"Our balance is always playing fast without shooting fast, turning down — which we haven't been doing lately — good shots and trying to get a better shot," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "We're kind of that type of team that will … have to shoot a few 3s and make a few 3s. It's just a matter of the quality of those 3s. You always run that fine line."

The Rockets take the second-most 3-pointers per game in the NBA, but they went into Wednesday's game making 35.4 percent to rank 17th. But forward Carlos Delfino said the issue is not with the quantity of 3-pointers the Rockets take but with the quality.

"I think we need to understand where our struggles are," Delfino said. "We get easy 3-pointers … when we take it to the basket and pass the basketball back out. When you do that, you get set and take easy shots. We were watching video and talked about how we have to play. On the film, we took early 3-point shots or contested 3-point shots. On a good night, you're going to make those.

"But when we're out of balance offensively, we miss those shots."