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Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers game preview

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The Los Angeles Lakers are on their way back.

I’ll be honest: it was really nice watching the Lakers struggle for a few years. After almost 20 years of relevancy and/or championship contention, it was cathartic to see the once-proud organization grapple with losing. I’ll feel the same way when Golden State sucks again. It looks impossible, but it’s inevitable.

Every team goes through periods of sucking. The Bulls, Nets, and Suns are there right now. Minnesota has sucked for so long that it’s weird to see a good squad up north for once. Even the Spurs suck for a year every once in awhile. Then they get lucky and win the lottery when a transcendent star is available. Stupid Spurs.

The Lakers aren’t all the way back by any means, but there’s no denying they are on a solid path. I’m sure Magic Johnson will grab a lot of the attention, much like Bryan Colangelo in Philadelphia has despite the team’s core being due to Sam Hinkie’s vision.

The Los Angeles Lakers have some fun pieces. Whether any of those pieces is headed for stardom remains to be seen.

LA is seventh in the NBA in defensive deficiency, giving up just 0.4 points per 100 possessions more than the Rockets. Offensively though, they’re 28th at just 100 points per 100 possessions.

The Lakers also played last night, losing 115-100 in Denver. They led by 2 heading to the final frame but gave up 37 points in the fourth. They will likely be the more tired of the two teams since the Rockets actually arrived in LA on Friday.

Tip-off is at 8:30pm CT on NBA TV