Houston at Lakers, tonight, 6:30, Fox Sports West
What do the Lakers' first four opponents have in common?
None was over .500.
If it's time for a bigger test, they're in luck, with the Houston Rockets here tonight.
Challengers don't come much bigger with 7-6 Yao Ming, left, 6-7 260-pound Ron Artest and a sturdy supporting cast that includes physical players Luis Scola and Carl Landry.
The X factor is Tracy McGrady, coming off arthroscopic knee surgery that limited him to 12 minutes in the preseason, obliging the Rockets to learn to play together as they go.