Lakers – Rockets
NBA playoffs second round – Los Angeles
And the Lakers will keep it up to the title .
The top-seeded Lakers were off a week after eliminating the Utah Jazz in five games and waiting for the fifth-seeded Rockets to finish off Portland in six games. Houston advanced to the second round for the first time since 1997.
Los Angeles won the season series 4-0, dominating the fourth quarter of each game. Bryant averaged 28.3 points.
Andrew Bynum, the Lakers’ former starting center, could see more playing time to help defend Yao Ming. He played just 15 minutes per game against Utah as he tried to regain form following a long absence because of a knee injury. His performances were subpar.
Now that LEbron received the MVP title of the regular season , Koby will fight his way to the league’s title. Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Monday that Kobe Bryant told him he’s “fine, and we’ll go with that” after the star shooting guard missed practice Sunday with a sore throat.
Bryant got a workout in and went through most of the shootaround with the team and “seems OK” for Monday night’s Game 1 against the Houston Rockets. Lakers forward Luke Walton also participated in the shootaround and is a game-time decision.
Overall , big advantage for the home team .
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