HOUSTON — If the Houston Rockets really are going to meet the Lakers in the playoffs, then they're going to have to start figuring out how to defend against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Maybe, the Rockets will get a brainstorm today in their nationally televised game with the Lakers at the Summit (Channel 2, 12:30 p.m. PST). So far, nothing has worked.
The Lakers have won 14 in a row, including one playoff game, at the Summit, but as dominating as the Lakers have been, no one has made a greater impact than Abdul-Jabbar.
In three Laker-Rocket games this season, all won by the Lakers, Abdul-Jabbar is averaging 41.3 points.
Against the Rockets, since Akeem Olajuwon's rookie season of 1984-85, Abdul-Jabbar has averaged 34.9 points and 8.1 rebounds a game, shooting 64.7%, and the Lakers are 7-1.