Houston Rockets look to beat LeBron James and the Lakers

By Michael Knight
Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets will look to win their second straight game as they play against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Houston Rockets looked a lot better last time out when they beat the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. They controlled the game pretty much all the way through and ended up snapping a cold spell of games.

Tonight, the Rockets will face the Lakers, who they beat on the second game of the season. Once again, this one will be nationally televised for the world to see. The Rockets will need to come out ready to show people their improvements and hopefully, continue to salvage this season and get back on track.

Injured Lakers?

They will do so against a Lakers squad without two important pieces. Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram will miss tonight for LA due to various injuries. Coincidentally, those are the two players that got in an altercation with Chris Paul in the first meeting and ended up getting suspended. Could they be avoiding the rematch?

Chris Paul will be good to go after his first triple-double of the season last time out. He hasn’t been shooting it particularly well, but his impact on the game in other ways has been very useful to the Rockets and he should continue to be helpful tonight against Lonzo Ball.

LeBron didn’t really consider the Rockets

This summer, the Rockets were looking to find a way to sign LeBron James. They were looking to pair him with one of his best friends, Chris Paul, and the player he lost MVP honors to, James Harden. It didn’t work out, obviously, as he ended up becoming a Laker.

Today in the pre-game interviews, LeBron James said he hardly even considered the Rockets in free agency. It was pretty apparent from the beginning that the two options were always Cleveland or Los Angeles, but he certainly could have been dynamic in Houston.

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We’ll see how he plays tonight against his friend CP3 and the Rockets. Hopefully, Houston can come out on top once again. Be sure to tune in at 7:00 on TNT to see the two teams face off!