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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:45 am    Post subject: *** Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets (10/20/18 - Gm#2) ***

Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, October 20, 2018 (7:30pm PT)



* The Staples Center debut of LEBRON "KING" JAMES
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* HYPE VIDEO
....... LEGACY
....... Video#2

*EXPECTED LINE-UP
LAKERS
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: K.C- Pope
SF: B. Ingram
PF: LeBron James
C: JaVale McGee

Rockets
PG: C. Paul
SG: J. Harden
SF: J. Ennis
PF: PJ Tucker
C: C. Capella


*TEAM ROSTERS:(link)
Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets


*INJURY REPORT:
LAKERS
Alex Caruso - Hip / Game Time Decision
Moe Wagner - Knee / Out

Rockets
Zhou Qi - Out
Marquese Chriss - Out
Brandon Knight - Out
Nene - Game Time Decision

*MEDIA
National TV: ESPN, ATTSN-SW, SpecSN
Radio: 710 AM ESPN / 1330 AM ESPN DEPORTES





LET'S GO LAKERS!!

>>>>>>>> Ground the Rockets!!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:47 am    Post subject:

Looking forward to this.

I thought Thursday's game was pretty entertaining, despite the loss.

Hopefully, the bench doesn't get blown out.

If we can have a steady bench at home, that will help immensely.

Over time, they will get better on the road.

Harden plans to go off tonight, I'm sure.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:23 am    Post subject:

Gladiator voice "win the crowd"
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:28 am    Post subject:

I hope that Hart is starting. Hopefully we'll see less of Lance and more of Kuz/Hart.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:39 am    Post subject:

UKUGA wrote:
Looking forward to this.

I thought Thursday's game was pretty entertaining, despite the loss.

Hopefully, the bench doesn't get blown out.

If we can have a steady bench at home, that will help immensely.

Over time, they will get better on the road.

Harden plans to go off tonight, I'm sure.


Houston's bench is very good. Led by Melo, E. Gordon, MC Williams, G. Green, G. Clark and Hartenstein, their reserves are arguably one of the best benches in the league.

It's going to be a tall task but unlike recent seasons, we now have the talent to beat any team on any given day.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:58 am    Post subject:

Is Hart really expected to start though? I thought Luke said it's a lil too early to think about lineup changes
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:03 am    Post subject:

Gonna have to hit shots tonight with Capela in the paint
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:16 am    Post subject:

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With LeBron James in tow, the Los Angeles Lakers are once again the main event in Los Angeles. Need evidence? Grammy Award and Pulitzer-winning artist Kendrick Lamar stopped by the Lakers practice to offer words of wisdom Friday afternoon.



https://lebronwire.usatoday.com/2018/10/19/kendrick-lamar-addressed-lakers-at-friday-practice/
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:21 am    Post subject:

Rockets aren’t the same regular season team from last year, they are still adjusting to the lose of Luc Mbah and Ariza, we should be able to win this game especially with it being LeBron’s home debut.. the team should be fired up for tonight’s game.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:36 am    Post subject:

Please start Hart.

Not that hard Luke.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:41 am    Post subject:

I would like to see the lineup of Hart, Ingram, LeBron, Kuzma, McGee out there more often.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:45 am    Post subject:

Megaton wrote:
Please start Hart.

Not that hard Luke.


If they put Kuzma and Hart with Lonzo, they give him players he's comfortable with and with whom he's more likely to succeed.

If they put Lonzo with all the bone head players... he will have more difficulty.

I interpret leaving Hart in the second unit, a solid for Lonzo... not a demotion for Hart. Everyone can see Hart deserves the starting position, but I think they give Lonzo more help this way.

Lonzo with Beasley/Lance/KCP/Kuzma... seems a waste of Zo's playmaking abilities and basketball IQ.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:51 am    Post subject:

Sentient Meat wrote:
Megaton wrote:
Please start Hart.

Not that hard Luke.


If they put Kuzma and Hart with Lonzo, they give him players he's comfortable with and with whom he's more likely to succeed.

If they put Lonzo with all the bone head players... he will have more difficulty.

I interpret leaving Hart in the second unit, a solid for Lonzo... not a demotion for Hart. Everyone can see Hart deserves the starting position, but I think they give Lonzo more help this way.

Lonzo with Beasley/Lance/KCP/Kuzma... seems a waste of Zo's playmaking abilities and basketball IQ.


Lonzo should also start too, especially with all that in mind. He’s the best rebounding guard on the team as well.

It would also be better for the bench because we got a more experienced vet leading the 2nd unit with Rondo.

Zo/Hart/Ingram/Lebron/McGee
Rondo/KCP/Lance/Kuzma/Zu

Rondo can make playing with Lance work because Rondo would (bleep) him up if Lance tried to pull the same iso crap he did last game.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:53 am    Post subject:

120-117 LAL

James:
34pt / 12reb / 8asst

Ingram:
23pr / 6reb / 6asst

Ball:
13pt / 7reb / 6asst

Rondo:
15pt / 5reb / 12asst

McGee:
15pt / 15reb / 5block

Kuzma:
16pt

Hart:
17pt
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:54 am    Post subject:

Megaton wrote:
Sentient Meat wrote:
Megaton wrote:
Please start Hart.

Not that hard Luke.


If they put Kuzma and Hart with Lonzo, they give him players he's comfortable with and with whom he's more likely to succeed.

If they put Lonzo with all the bone head players... he will have more difficulty.

I interpret leaving Hart in the second unit, a solid for Lonzo... not a demotion for Hart. Everyone can see Hart deserves the starting position, but I think they give Lonzo more help this way.

Lonzo with Beasley/Lance/KCP/Kuzma... seems a waste of Zo's playmaking abilities and basketball IQ.


Lonzo should also start too, especially with all that in mind. He’s the best rebounding guard on the team as well.

It would also be better for the bench because we got a more experienced vet leading the 2nd unit with Rondo.

Zo/Hart/Ingram/Lebron/McGee
Rondo/KCP/Lance/Kuzma/Zu

Rondo can make playing with Lance work because Rondo would (bleep) him up if Lance tried to pull the same iso crap he did last game.


Ball just returned from injury take a deep breath.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:54 am    Post subject:

I don’t mind KCP and Rondo starting cos I like Kuz and Hart w Zo.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:58 am    Post subject:

Megaton wrote:
Sentient Meat wrote:
Megaton wrote:
Please start Hart.

Not that hard Luke.


If they put Kuzma and Hart with Lonzo, they give him players he's comfortable with and with whom he's more likely to succeed.

If they put Lonzo with all the bone head players... he will have more difficulty.

I interpret leaving Hart in the second unit, a solid for Lonzo... not a demotion for Hart. Everyone can see Hart deserves the starting position, but I think they give Lonzo more help this way.

Lonzo with Beasley/Lance/KCP/Kuzma... seems a waste of Zo's playmaking abilities and basketball IQ.


Lonzo should also start too, especially with all that in mind. He’s the best rebounding guard on the team as well.

It would also be better for the bench because we got a more experienced vet leading the 2nd unit with Rondo.

Zo/Hart/Ingram/Lebron/McGee
Rondo/KCP/Lance/Kuzma/Zu

Rondo can make playing with Lance work because Rondo would (bleep) him up if Lance tried to pull the same iso crap he did last game.


I'd like to see Lonzo/Hart/Svi/Kuzma/Mo as the second unit.

That's some shooting and IQ that Zo can work with.

I think LeBron will pick the point guard he prefers in his lineup.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:17 am    Post subject:

I predict a win with Kuzma going for 40.

Lakers 133-124 Rockets
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:22 am    Post subject:

I have bad feeling about this one. Hope I am completely wrong. It would be a great win against good team .
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:27 am    Post subject:

I'd be perfectly happy with a 1-1 start considering our first two opponents.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:32 am    Post subject:

PHILosophize wrote:
I'd be perfectly happy with a 1-1 start considering our first two opponents.


If we win today, we would go back to wondering how Nik Statukas was the reason we lost the game when we should have been 2-0
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:35 am    Post subject:

PHILosophize wrote:
I'd be perfectly happy with a 1-1 start considering our first two opponents.


Agreed
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:52 am    Post subject:

Unlike playing in Portland, THIS is a game I think the Lakers are capable of winning. I'm sure Houston is favored, yes they are a better team than Portland, and it doesn't help that Houston lost it's first game, but this is the first home game for the Lakers, we've got a better player than Harden, and I suspect we're going to shred Houston's defense from all over the court.

It's rather amazing how effective the Lakers were in that Portland game at dunking the ball repeatedly all night long. I expect the same pace tonight, we're going to wear Houston down, and I don't think the Lakers are going to repeat the zero-for-15 start from beyond the arc this time. When LeBron goes 0 for 4 from the 3 point line, you know it's not your night. I don't think that'll happen often.

Also, Houston has Carmelo. That means no help defense. Lonzo, Rondo, and LeBron are all good at setting the table, players are going to feast.

Lakers 132
Houston 124
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:59 am    Post subject:

Perimeter defense will be key. We have to do a better job of defending behind the arc. The Pringles-led Rockets live and die by the trey.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:10 am    Post subject:

TooMuchMajicBuss wrote:
Unlike playing in Portland, THIS is a game I think the Lakers are capable of winning. I'm sure Houston is favored, yes they are a better team than Portland, and it doesn't help that Houston lost it's first game, but this is the first home game for the Lakers, we've got a better player than Harden, and I suspect we're going to shred Houston's defense from all over the court.

It's rather amazing how effective the Lakers were in that Portland game at dunking the ball repeatedly all night long. I expect the same pace tonight, we're going to wear Houston down, and I don't think the Lakers are going to repeat the zero-for-15 start from beyond the arc this time. When LeBron goes 0 for 4 from the 3 point line, you know it's not your night. I don't think that'll happen often.

Also, Houston has Carmelo. That means no help defense. Lonzo, Rondo, and LeBron are all good at setting the table, players are going to feast.

Lakers 132
Houston 124


Very nice game breakdown
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