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Things aren't going that well right now.

The pregame ring ceremony for Trevor Ariza was nice. Classy. The 16-2 run to open tonight's game against the Houston Rockets was even nicer. From there the Rockets outscored the Lakers by 24 points, which I don't recall seeing in the script.

L.A. got shredded by David Andersen (wait, who) and Aaron Brooks. I'm sure those two are nice guys, but when they're lighting your D up for Stockton-Malone numbers, something isn't right. Not helping the situayshe was the Lakers' second straight ghastly shooting performance. Laker guards not named Shannon Brown shot 10 for 42. Here's the box score if you don't believe me.

The best part? Kobe Bryant limped off the floor late in the game. According to beat reporter Mike Trudell, he was playing with a hurt groin that was injured last Sunday against New Orleans. We're just finding out about this now?

After the jump, see Ron Artest toss Ariza's shoe into the courtside seats. The Lakers are 7-3. Hmph.

 

Poss.

TO%

FTA/
FGA

FT%

EFG%

TS%

Off Reb%

Def Reb%

PPP

LA

100

13

0.32

74

42

47

12

71

0.91

Houston 

100

19

0.21

84

47

51

29

88

1.01