When the Lakers (15-18) visit the Houston Rockets (20-14) on Tuesday night, they'll have to do it with less than three-quarters of their roster.
Dwight Howard is out with a torn labrum (shoulder), Pau Gasol has a concussion, Jordan Hill has a hip injury and Steve Blake is recovering from abdominal surgery.
The Rockets are one of the hottest teams in the league, scoring a league-high 106.2 points per game. Houston gives up a lot of points (103.4) but as short-handed as the Lakers are, will they have enough firepower?
James Harden was just selected the Western Conference player of the week. The Rockets shooting guard is averaging 26.4 points, 5.3 assists and two steals.