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NBA: Houston Rockets vs LA Lakers injury report, scheduled roster and starting 5
On Sunday, the Houston Rockets face the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in what will be their last NBA game of the season. The Rockets, who were the 15th seed in the Western Conference, have lost four of their first five games this season.
Their only victory came against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were also 1-4 this season. While they have good scorers on their rosters such as Christian Wood and youngster Jalen Green, the Rockets lacked a strong perimeter defense to ease their concerns downtown.
Jae’Sean Tate, of course, showed promise as a perimeter shooter. It is not enough against teams with many players with lethal outside shots. To improve last season’s results, Houston must not only strengthen its defense but also make better use of its bench.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers will host the Houston Rockets, who are 3-3 this season. The Lakers have allowed 116.5 points per game despite the presence of Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook on the roster.
They also do fewer free throws and catch fewer boards than their opponents, and they commit more turnovers. If LeBron James and his teammates don’t improve quickly in these areas, they may need to make another qualifying round to advance to the playoffs.
Houston Rockets injury update
The Houston Rockets will want to avoid a repeat of their tumultuous 2020-21 season, which has been marred by injuries and too many losses. Despite the lack of injuries on the team, they have had a dismal start to the season.
Danuel House Jr. will not be in this game after missing the previous one against the Utah Jazz with a sprained right foot. Kevin Porter Jr., who was called questionable for Sunday’s game, could play if he recovers.
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 29, 2021
Los Angeles Lakers Injury Update
Injuries haven’t been kind to the LA Lakers, as they have been to their next opponents. Several key players off the bench were injured, limiting the depth of their rotation.
Due to a sore right knee, Anthony Davis, who only played 36 games last season, has been listed as probable for this game. Considering AD’s disease history, the “probable” status is definitely a plus for the team. Davis is a vital player for the Lakers, so it’s problematic for Frank Vogel’s club.
LeBron James is another big name on the Los Angeles Lakers injury list. Due to a sore ankle, King James was unable to play against the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder. He was again listed as questionable for this game.
Meanwhile, due to left hamstring strain, Wayne Ellington joins him on the “questionable” list. Kendrick Nunn, Trevor Ariza and Talen Horton-Tucker will remain on the bench for now.
Houston Rockets vs LA Lakers: Scheduled lineups
If Kevin Porter is declared unable to play against the Lakers, the Rockets will be forced to pitch Eric Gordon. In the backcourt, he could start with Jalen Green, who is averaging 14.2 points and 2.4 three-pointers. In the first zone, Tate should start with Christian Wood, Houston’s top scorer, and Daniel Theis.
Coach Vogel could start Davis as the team’s power forward if Davis is healthy. In the absence of James, Kent Bazemore should start as a small forward, with DeAndre Jordan in the middle.
Russell Westbrook is expected to return to his playmaking role and start alongside Malik Monk, who is averaging 1.7 three points per game.
Houston Rockets vs LA Lakers: 5s to start
Point Guard – Jalen Green | Shooting Guard – Eric Gordon | Small front – Jae’Sean Tate | Power Forward – Christian Wood | Center – Daniel Theis.
Guard Point – Russell Westbrook | Shooting Guard – Malik Monk | Small forward – Kent Bazemore | Power forward – Anthony Davis | Center – DeAndre Jordan.