On Saturday, the Houston Rockets suffered a frustrating loss to the Brooklyn Nets, in a game that saw them trail by as many as 27 points, only to come back and lose within the waning moments of the game to a score of 106-104. The game was one of the more demoralizing losses of the season, considering the fight that was displayed to stay in the game, especially on a back-to-back, only to lose in the end.
The game was also one of three games on Saturday's slate to finish within a single basket, as we ultimately saw a great day of hoops. The game of the day (and season arguably) came in the primetime slot, which starred the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers spent the second half clawing back, as they also sought to trim down a 15-point deficit in the third. The game went to double overtime but ultimately ended with the Lakers coming out on top, with a 145-144 victory.
But the game was an absolute bloodbath, as several Lakers players appeared gimpy and hobbled at various points in the game, including LeBron James late in the fourth, Anthony Davis near the halfway point, and Jarred Vanderbilt early in the game. Each player was forced to play through the pain, as James played 47 minutes, Davis played 44 minutes, and Vanderbilt played 41 minutes.
Lakers-Warriors classic match could have positive effect on Rockets.
This could be a good thing for the Rockets, who are next on the schedule for the Lakers.
There's almost a guarantee that at least James will rest Monday, due to his age and how the Lakers have treated him on back-to-back games. Granted, this game won't be a back-to-back, but considering the workload that was forced due to the extra play beyond regulation on Saturday, along with the fact that the Lakers will have to travel to face the Rockets, they could treat the game as such.
For the Rockets, who are in dire need of a victory after losing six of their last eight games, this would be highly beneficial, as it would seem to make the Lakers easier to beat. The Rockets will especially need that advantage if they're forced to play without Tari Eason and Jabari Smith Jr. once again.