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Game #17: Rockets Host Lakers

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The revamped Lakers were the belle of the ball back in October but have lost more games than the Rockets so far this season and are having a serious identity crisis. Can the Houston Rockets win their sixth straight game at home?

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December 4th, 2012
Toyota Center - Houston, TX
7:00 PM CST
CSNH
Starting Lineups
Chris Duhon PG Jeremy Lin
Kobe Bryant SG James Harden
Metta World Peace SF Chandler Parsons
Antawn Jamison PF Patrick Patterson
Dwight Howard C Omer Asik
2012/13 Advanced Stats
94.2 (2nd of 30) Pace 95.1 (1st of 30)
106.9 (11th of 30) ORtg 107.4 (8th of 30)
102.9 (8th of 30) DRtg 106.3 (20th of 30)
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Injuries:

Cole Aldrich - sprained right ankle, questionable for tonight

Pau Gasol - tendinitis in both knees, out indefinitely

Steve Blake - abdominal surgery, out at least 2-3 months

Earl Clark - strained left groin, out indefinitely

Devin Ebanks - personal/legal, out indefinitely

Steve Nash - fractured left fibula, out indefinitely

Questions to Consider:

SB Nation's own Andrew Sharp wrote a great column today on the state of Dwight Howard. Sunday night in LA Dwight was exposed in an embarrassing fashion by the team that wasn't good enough to meet his championship expectations. Every flaw in Dwight's game was highlighted as the Lakers continue to let him be "the man". Instead of planning to lock down Dwight, wouldn't it be a good idea for the Rockets to let Dwight get as many (defended) shots as he wants in the paint and focus the defensive effort on Kobe Bryant who is playing some of the best ball of his career?

Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons, and Patrick Patterson are all surging offensively as the season marches forward. Mike D'Antoni has publicly acknowledged that the Lakers have "had trouble with young, athletic teams." If the Rockets get themselves into another all offense expo tonight will the Lakers be able to keep up?

Jeremy Lin will have his first game tonight against the coach who made him the player he is today. With the eyes of Mike D'Antoni, and the world, watching could Jeremy Lin have his best performance as a Rocket?