Guts is the best way to describe the Lakers’ win in Houston over a Rockets team that has in their midst a player who, honestly speaking, you can’t call an old friend.
Steve Blake, who looks a lot like that Set-Shot Buford character in the 1970s movie The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, was the first-glance hero as he made the winning three-point shot with less than 1.3 seconds left.
It was a team effort, however, as the Lakers used an 8-1 run and the Hack-A Howard techinique in the final few minutes to complete the comback in what was the first reuinion with Dwight Howard.
And speaking of D12, who although he scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds missed half of his ten free throw attempts (did I ever metion that his free throw shooting ability is worse than Shaq’s?), it was clear to even the casual Laker fan that the center was a bad fit in L.A.
Much has been written about that, and it would be redundant to go over the details of Howard’s acrimonious departure, but I will say this:
This first reunion of Howard and his former team is only a precursor of what the atmosphere will be when him and the Rockets come to Staples Center.
One can only imagine how loud the boos will be; you may well be able to hear the Laker fans’ disdain clear to the ocean.
I, for one, will be eagerly watching on TV. Whichever station will be carrying that game should get ready for some massive ratings.
Here’s a highlight clip of the Laker win: