Thursday, May 7, 2009

Lakers take Game 2, but...

      Their conference semifinal series with the Houston Rockets may be all-square at 1-1 after a 11-98 win Wednesday night at home, but the Lakers seem somewhat off-balance after resorting to a more physical style of play in Game 2. Not only did the Rockets take away the home-court advantage by winning Game 1, they took the Lakers out of their finesse comfort zone and forced them to go into a rough-and-tumble mode, which in the long run is not going to do Los Angeles any good, especially with three out of the next five games in Houston. The Lakers can't afford to lose players, such as Derek Fisher, in the second half. Fisher got kicked out after he got called for a flagrant foul, elbowing the Rockets' Luis Scola to the floor.
      The Lakers were fortunate that Yao Ming got into foul trouble and had to sit for long minutes on the bench while his teammates committed 20 turnovers.  

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