I don't actually know if D'Antoni will be coaching from the sidelines tonight, but it sounds cooler that we might be the first game of the D'Antoni era in Lakers history.
And hopefully, that era starts with a loss.
Tip off is at 8:30pm CST.
Point Guard: Jeremy Lin vs. Darius Morris
Um, yes please.
Shooting Guard: James Harden vs. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is shooting 53% from the field this year. Yikes.
Kobe Bryant is still Kobe Bryant, so he's going to get all the foul calls when he misses and will still get to the free throw line a ton. Double yikes.
As incredible as it sounds, Kobe has been a real bright spot for the Lakers this season. It only sounds incredible because the expectations around him are usually unnaturally high. He's getting older, yet he's turning in one of his best all-around seasons to date. Yes, it's been nine games. Still, it's impressive.
Small Forward: Chandler Parsons vs. Ron Artest
Newbies, take notice: we don't call him by his other name here. He will always be Ron Artest to me.
Power Forward: Patrick Patterson vs. Pau Gasol
Pau's offensive numbers are down across the board, but that's to be expected when playing next to Dwight Howard. With Bynum, the Lakers would toss it down to him occasionally and let him work. With Howard, you have to get him his touches down on the block. This cuts into Pau's effectiveness. However, it's an incredible contingency plan if Howard gets hurt.
Come on Pau, demand a trade already! Pau for Royce White is looking pretty good right now.
Center: Omer Asik vs. Dwight Howard
THIS is why you sign Omer Asik to 3 years, $25 million.
You also sign him to that much money because he's worth it.
But mostly because of THIS.
Rockets: Toney Douglas, Carlos Delfino, Marcus Morris, Greg Smith
Lakers: Antawn Jamison, Jordan Hill, Chris Duhon, Jodie Meeks
Prediction: Lakers pull away late, win 110-93
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