After getting destroyed by the Dallas Mavericks in their first game of a three-game road trip, the Los Angeles Lakers take on Dwight Howard and the Rockets tomorrow in Houston.
With Omer Asik, Dwight Howard, and Chandler Parsons in the Rockets’ starting line-up, the Lakers are going to need to start bigger and stronger than they did last night. For the past two games, Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni has started Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Shawne Williams, Xavier Henry and Pau Gasol. Though D’Anotni hasn’t committed yet to a new group of starters, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, he said they’re going big.
Jordan Hill said that he didn’t know if it would be him or Chris Kaman starting against HOU but that D’Antoni said they’d be going big
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 6, 2013
Steve Nash recently admitted that he’s been struggling with nerve issues everyday. The Lakers point guard was not on the practice floor today, according to L.A. Times Mike Bresnahan. Though, it is possible Nash could have left practice early to receive treatment.
This might sound repetitive but Steve Nash is not on the practice court today.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) November 6, 2013
After four games, D’Antoni’s pinpointed what the Lakers are missing. Unfortunately, the Lakers may not have it until Kobe Bryant returns to the floor.
Asked D’Antoni what the offense needs, esp. w/screen and roll: “What we’re missing is a dynamic force going to the basket.”
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 6, 2013
The Lakers gave away 52 points in the paint last night, scoring only 36 themselves, and their defense was nonexistent. Dwight Howard looked strong in the Rockets win over the Portland Trailblazers last night after struggling the night before in their loss against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers look for their first road win of the regular season on Thursday.
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