This is will be the second time the Lakers play the Rockets already this season. First time, Lakers win a close one in OT. This time around it won't be so close. Houston is a small team with their 6-6 Center Chuck Hayes, Scola being the tallest at 6-9, Power forward position. The Lakers will not lose tonight coming off the embarrassing loss to the Nuggets. No way, no how. The old familiar question still stands, is Gasol going to play tonight? Well, like I've been saying all season long, when he returns, the opposing team will have no chance in winning. The one fiber, the one ingredient the champs are missing is the Spaniard.
Key visitors to consider: Scola has been playing great averaging a double-double with 15 pts with 10 rebs. Shane Battier is coming into this game hot with his biggest game so far with 23 points on Friday. Trevor Ariza is still playing great consistent basketball averaging just under 20 points a game.
Key Lakers to consider: Andrew Bynum fresh off his elbow strain has averaged 23 pts and 15 rebs in his last two games. Team Captain, Kobe Bryant is the leagues leader in ppg average with 31. Don't forget his defensive skills either, he is currently tied 4th in the league with 19 steals.
The Rockets have a bad tendency of having bad starts, giving their opponent 14 point leads early on. If the Lakers start off hot then, Houston we have a problem.
Um, yeah I was wrong. Los Angeles, WE got a problem. The nice part about this game was Trevor's personal ring ceremony. It was a class act to have waited for the Rockets to come to town and not give the ring to Trevor when we played in Houston back on 11/4.
Click on the link for the box score courtesy of Yahoo Sports: Lakers vs Rockets-Box Score