Lakeshow Season Finale: Houston Rockets VS Los Angeles Lakers @ Staples Center @ 10:30pm On ESPN

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Lakeshow Season Finale: Houston Rockets VS Los Angeles Lakers @ Staples Center @ 10:30pm On ESPN
 

 
HOUSTON ROCKETS (45-36)


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It all comes down to one game. The Lakers (44-37) host the Houston Rockets (45-36) on the final day of the regular season -- in a game that will determine whether the Lakers make the playoffs.

Technically, the Utah Jazz (43-38) might lose earlier in the night while visiting the Memphis Grizzlies (55-26), giving the Lakers a postseason berth by default. If the Lakers win, they finish in seventh place. If they lose and the Jazz lose, the Lakers end in eighth.

If the Lakers lose and the Jazz win? The season is finished for the Lakers.

A victory over the Rockets would set up a first-round battle against a depleted San Antonio Spurs (58-23) squad. The Lakers may not be the favorite, but the challenge seems slightly less daunting than a first-round matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder (60-21) via eighth place.

A Rockets win would push them up to sixth place if the Golden State Warriors (46-35) lose their visit to the Portland Trail Blazers (33-48). At worst, they would stay at seven and take on the Spurs, while a loss to the Lakers matches up Houston with the Thunder.

The Lakers will have to get the job done without Kobe Bryant (Achilles), Steve Nash (hip/hamstring) and Jordan Hill (hip).

Key matchup

The Lakers need Dwight Howard to lead the team in the absence of Bryant. Howard scored 26 points with 17 rebounds against the Spurs on Sunday in a crucial Lakers' victory.

Howard played in two of three games against Houston, averaging 22 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 55.6% from the field.

The Rockets counter with seven-footer Omer Asik who is averaging 10.2 points and 11.7 rebounds a game in his first season with Houston.

In three games against the Lakers, Asik averaged 6.7 points and 7.7 rebounds. A strong defender, Asik can challenge Howard -- as long as he stays out of foul trouble.

X-factor

The Rockets have the obvious names to concern the Lakers -- specifically James Harden and Jeremy Lin -- but forward Chandler Parsons is averaging 19 points on 53.8% shooting against the Lakers this year.

Parson's outside shot has been a problem for the Lakers. In three games, Parsons hit 7-14 from three-point territory.

Another worry is Carlos Delfino who hit 8-17 from three in just two appearances, averaging 17 points a game.

Houston is a high-scoring team. The Lakers will need to play a very tight defensive game. Offensively, players like Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks, Antawn Jamison, Metta World Peace, Earl Clark, Darius Morris and Chris Duhon need to convert outside shots to spread the floor.

If the Lakers aren't hitting -- the Rockets are going to have a much easier time crowding Pau Gasol and Howard.

Outlook

The Lakers need this win to keep playing. The Rockets would like to win for playoff seeding, but they've already clinched a spot.

There's a difference between need and want -- the Lakers should be able to extend the season for at least four to seven more games.


Last edited by Dun Language; 04-17-2013 at 12:13 PM..

896 comments for "Lakeshow Season Finale: Houston Rockets VS Los Angeles Lakers @ Staples Center @ 10:30pm On ESPN"

 5 years ago '04        #2
IceMan 28 heat pts28
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We got this!

 04-17-2013, 12:21 PM         #3
NiccaSpanglish 
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Do IT Now!!! Dwight! Do It Now!! Metta Elbows to Harden Throat If Need B
 5 years ago '12        #4
ThePainkiller 347 heat pts347
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Where's Kasst?

 5 years ago '05        #5
Dun Language 3971 heat pts3971 OP
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7th seed here we come
 5 years ago '11        #6
Lucky Lefty14 31 heat pts31
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Checking in...Laker Nation this one is for the money!!!

We got this one then the real fun starts this weekend.

Reserving a seat for Kast to bless this first page
 5 years ago '05        #7
Left Hook 28 heat pts28
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Lin
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dahabi 90 heat pts90
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pau with the triple double
 5 years ago '12        #9
ThePainkiller 347 heat pts347
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 Dun Language said:
7th seed here we come
That's notCarmelo .
 5 years ago '06        #10
Clyde 1193 heat pts1193
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Let's get this 7th seed so we can play the Spurs.

we got this.
 5 years ago '11        #11
RAWshadTX 11 heat pts11
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Not a Lakers fan, but I wouldn't mind seeing em' in the playoffs. Gonna be tough win a though.
 04-17-2013, 12:36 PM         #12
SeaJaiye 
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 IceMan said:
We got this!

you came out of hiding for the last game ya bish?

hope you liked all my insulting prop msg's while u were gone. lakers in 5 is the logo
 5 years ago '04        #13
IceMan 28 heat pts28
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 SeaJaiye said:
you came out of hiding for the last game ya bish?

hope you liked all my insulting prop msg's while u were gone. lakers in 5 is the logo


Never had no worries

Kobe hurt but we still got that 8th seed after the win tonight! Let's just hope the Heat don't repeat the '07 season and get knocked out the 1st round after winning the chip a year before
 5 years ago '12        #14
CosbySweater 297 heat pts297
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Checking In.

Let's Go Lake Show
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 04-17-2013, 12:51 PM         #15
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Lakers lose by 8+ and the collaspe is complete.

Superteam experiment fail
 04-17-2013, 12:53 PM         #16
Silver N Black 
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Mr. Freethrow vs. Team Freethrow



stern making calls
 5 years ago '05        #17
Dun Language 3971 heat pts3971 OP
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 Joehook said:
Lakers lose by 8+ and the collaspe is complete.

Superteam experiment fail
come experiment with this fade pus*y. you been dodging me. what happened to u fu*king me up after u come back from vacation ?
 5 years ago '04        #18
IceMan 28 heat pts28
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The Lakers are guaranteed the No. 7 seed with a win over Houston, as they would tie the Rockets in wins, split the season record at 2-2 but win the tiebreaker by having the better overall record against the Western Conference. The Lakers will be the No. 8 seed if both they and the Utah Jazz (43-38) lose.

If Utah beats the Memphis Grizzlies on the road, and the Lakers lose at home to Houston, L.A. will fail to qualify for the postseason.

WE GOT THIS!!!
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PotheadFocker 169 heat pts169
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