After an impressive win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Houston Rockets on the second night of a back-to-back set.
Los Angeles had its work cut out for it, as it was without Anthony Davis, who was sitting out to rest his right foot, on top of the absences of LeBron James and Mo Bamba.
With a very small lineup, the Lakers were simply too vertically challenged to seriously challenge a young and energetic Houston squad. In particular, they got beat in two big effort categories: rebounding and points in the paint.
They were outscored 78-46 in the paint, as they couldn’t stop Houston from getting to the basket off the dribble, and they also got outrebounded by 13. To make matters worse, L.A. shot just 37.4 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from 3-point range.
The final score of 114-110 wasn’t indicative of how much the Rockets outplayed the Lakers.
With this loss, the Lakers are still in 10th place in the Western Conference, but they’re now 2.5 games behind the sixth-place Los Angeles Clippers.
Rui Hachimura: D
Hachimura got the start in place of Davis, but he gave Los Angeles very little. He scored just five points on 2-of-5 shooting, and his only other contribution on the stat sheet was one blocked shot in 17 minutes.
Jarred Vanderbilt: A-
Vanderbilt did his part on Wednesday by grabbing 10 rebounds, eight of them coming in the first half. He also gave the Lakers a lift offensively in the third quarter with eight points in the first five minutes of the period, allowing him to finish with 13 points.
The forward also had five assists, and he displayed his open-court skills by leading several fast breaks and finishing a couple of them with an assist to the open man. The Lakers had a decent 20 fast-break points, which was one of the few departments in which they didn’t struggle.
Defensively, Vanderbilt was assigned to guard Jalen Green, and with his help, the Rockets guard shot just 4-of-13.
Troy Brown Jr.: B+
Brown continued his accurate shooting of late by hitting 2-of-4 shots from beyond the arc and finishing with eight points. However, the Lakers…
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Publish date : 2023-03-16 03:15:04
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