April 6, 2012 |
It seemed it was only a matter of time before the Lakers' tendency to waste leads and Andrew Bynum's erratic behavior would leave them at a loss. That moment came Friday night at Staples Center, when the Lakers' heavy workload and the late-game absence of their starting center resulted in a 112-107 defeat by the Houston Rockets. The Lakers squandered an 11-point lead in the third quarter, looking heavy-legged through pockets of sluggish play and defensive indifference while playing for the fifth time in seven days.
January 20, 1997 |
Where have you gone, Dennis Rodman? A dynasty turns its lonely eyes to you. What you schedule isn't always what you get. NBC had a glamour matchup between the winners of the last six NBA titles Sunday, but a threadbare group of Chicago Bulls showed up. Injury had taken Ron Harper. David Stern had taken Rodman. Scottie Pippen, perhaps confusing the playoff atmosphere for a playoff game, shot two for 14. Toni Kukoc was one for 10.
April 30, 2012 |
The Lakers are no strangers to playoff uncertainties, and another has appeared in their domain. Reserve power forward Jordan Hill, accused of choking a girlfriend, was charged with a third-degree felony Monday and was expected to appear soon in a Houston court. It was unclear when he would have to answer in person to the charges. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. A spokeswoman for the Harris County district attorney said Hill needed to be present Tuesday in Houston for a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Central time, but Hill's agent said a court appearance wasn't mandated yet. "Jordan will spend [Monday]
May 11, 2009 |
Yawn. What? This column is starting? Oh, well, OK, whatever. In Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday, the Lakers . . . sigh . . . shrug . . . hmmm. I'm sorry, I just don't feel like it today. I know you're expecting a full column effort, but the Lakers' opponent was only the devastated Houston Rockets, so why should I have to work hard to write about them? Why should I put passion into describing a game that the Lakers didn't show passion in playing?
September 30, 1992 |
The Houston Rockets signed restricted free agent Carl Herrera to remain with the team.