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LIVE - Lakers vs. Rockets: Game 1 - 3rd Quarter

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The Bad News

Lakers looking rusty, shots not falling, down by 3.

The Good News

Down by only 3, despite...

  • Shooting only 39.5%
  • Not hitting a single 3-pointer in the first half
  • Kobe shooting 4-12
  • Twice as many personal fouls committed as the Rockets

That's what we call a Silver Lining.

Meanwhile, the Lakers struggles are a result of shots not falling — not of any lack of effort. I'm actually really pleased with the effort, and the defense is looking great. The shots not falling is likely a combination of rust from a week of rest, and Kobe being sick. Hopefully, Kobe can adjust, and the Lakers can shake off their rust and put together a trademark 3rd quarter run.