The Lakers’ playoff fate is in their own hands?
As far as former Houston guard Kenny Smith is concerned, the Rockets will be the ones in control Wednesday night when they visit Staples Center to play the Lakers in the regular-season finale for both teams.
If Houston comes to play, Smith said, it wins.
But if the Rockets opt to sit players or give a half-hearted effort in hopes of securing a first-round matchup against Oklahoma City, Smith said, the Lakers will come out on top.
“It depends on how they’re taking it because they are a better team,” Smith, now an analyst for TNT, said of the Rockets in an interview with The Times. “If they’re treating this game as a regular-season game, I think they win it. If they’re treating it as, we’re resting our players, the Lakers win.”