The Lakers destroyed the Rockets all game up until the final few minutes of the 4th quarter. They decided to try and give us all headaches, turning the ball over countless times in the final three-to-four minutes causing the game to be at a 105-100 deficit with as little as 58 seconds left after holding as large as a 23-point lead at many times late in the 3rd quarter. In the final minute, LeBron James dished it to Alex Caruso for a corner three to make it 108-100, followed up by a Caruso deflection that resulted in the following:
— Lakers Outsiders (@LakersOutsiders) September 11, 2020
Here’s our recap of the whole game that was very fun up until the stressful end.
Anthony Davis leads the offense, Playoff Rondo appears yet again
LeBron James didn’t have to do much on the offensive end tonight. He ended the game with 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting. The Lakers offense ran through Anthony Davis early and often, with him ending the game as the game’s leading scorer by far with 29 points.
Rajon Rondo connected with him with at least a couple of alley-oop lobs off of people fronting Davis in the post, as Davis quickly spun around towards the basket every time. Rondo continues to make us here at Lakers Outsiders and all of Lakers Nation look stupid, as he dropped 11 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists with two steals. We can hate on him for being bad in the regular season as much as we want, but if he plays like this then that just raises the Lakers’ ceiling to a whole other level. When he’s playing the way he has been playing, the Lakers can beat anyone.
Rockets continue to miss Danuel House Jr.
This series WOULD NOT be the same if Danuel House Jr. was able to play in this series. It puts the Rockets at such a disadvantage since he’s clearly their third-best player and is a significant part of their rotation. Who cares that the Lakers have been missing a starter (Avery Bradley) since the bubble started. The Rockets don’t have House!
The Lakers will try to close out the series for a gentleman’s sweep on Saturday night, tipping off against the Rockets at 6:00 p.m.