Lakers Vs. Rockets: Andrew Bynum Has 20-20 Vision In L.A. Victory

The Lakers have beaten the Rockets in nine of their last 11 meetings.

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Grizzlies Zach Randolph To Miss Lakers Game With Torn MCL

The Memphis Grizzlies will unfortunately be without big man Zach Randolph for a while after an MRI revealed that he has a minor tear in the MCL of his right knee, leaving him sidelined for up to eight weeks, and obviously out for thier meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers this coming Sunday.

According to The Commercial Appeal, Randolph's injury will not require any surgery. He will be re-evaluated by team doctors in two weeks.

Randolph was injured when teammate O.J. Mayo fell into him late in the first quarter during the Grizzlies' blowout loss to the Bulls on Sunday. Originally, Randolph was believed to only have bruised his knee, not tearing any ligaments, but unfortunately was not the case. He did not travel with the team this evening for its game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, instead staying home in Memphis, wearing a knee brace, and taking it easy.

The Lakers likely won't be too sad to see the Grizz without Randolph, but hopefully he will have a speedy recovery.

For more on the Lake Show, head over to Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Rockets Game Recap: The Emergence Of Andrew Bynum

The main story of the Los Angeles Lakers 108-99 win over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Tuesday night was the continued emergence of Andrew Bynum, who dominated the Rockets' diminutive front court on his way to 21 points and 22 minutes. After playing 60 minutes in two games over the weekend against the Denver Nuggets, Bynum was stretched to 38 minutes against Houston in his third game of the season.

Bynum is on absolute fire right now, averaging 22.7 points, 17.0 rebounds, and two blocks per game in three games this season. He has had at least 13 rebounds in three consecutive games, the fifth such streak in his career. The last Laker to grab 13 or more rebounds in a longer streak was Lamar Odom, who had a streak of five games in January 2010.

Bynum had a dominant defensive run down the stretch last season, averaging 13.7 rebounds in a 16-game stretch as the Lakers surged to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. But the Bynum of 2012, at least so far, has been a whirlwind of aggression on the offensive end, making himself the true center of attention on both ends of the floor.

Kobe Bryant was no slouch himself, scoring 37 points in 37 minutes, and adding eight rebounds and six assists with just one turnover. It was a vast improvement over his six-for-28 shooting on Sunday and 12-for-46 (26.1%) shooting in two weekend games. Kobe did make 14 of his 29 field goal attempts, which is good, but caused C.A. Clark of Silver Screen and Roll to notice:

Kobe ends up with one more shot tonight than he took in Denver, the ultimate double middle finger to everybody

After playing seven games in 10 days, head coach Mike Brown will give the team a day off on Wednesday as they prepare for their Thursday matchup against the Western Conference-leading Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers have lost 16 of their last 20 games at the Rose Garden.

Dexter Fishmore added a few timely tweets about the game:

The Rockets had 10 second-chance points in the first half, none in the second.

Bynum helped to secure a 53-38 rebound advantage for Los Angeles.

My favorite stat of the night... Matt Barnes: 20 minutes played, 0 three-point attempts.

Indeed, Barnes was highly efficient on Tuesday night, scoring eight points on just one field goal attempt, making all six free throws, and adding five rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.

For more Lakers basketball news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Rockets Final Score: Andrew Bynum, Kobe Bryant Lead L.A. To 108-99 Win

Andrew Bynum dominated the smallish front line of the Houston Rockets and Kobe Bryant rebounded from a shooting slump Tuesday night, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-99 win at Staples Center. Bynum had 21 points and a season high 22 rebounds for his third double-double in as many games and the first 20-20 game of his career.

Bryant, after shooting a career-worst six for 28 on Sunday night in a loss in Denver, rebounded with a season-high 37 points in 37 minutes against the Rockets. Kobe added eight rebounds, six assists, and had just one turnover. He made 14 of his 29 field goal attempts.

Bynum is averaging 22.7 points and 17.0 rebounds through three games this season, and has made 62.2% of his field goals. Tuesday night was just the second 20-rebound game of Bynum's career, as he had 23 boards on April 5, 2011 against the Utah Jazz. Bynum also blocked three shots, also a season high.

Pau Gasol added 14 points, eight rebounds, and five assists for the Lakers.

Kyle Lowry, the NBA leader in assists per game this season, fell one dime shy of a triple-double on Tuesday. He lead the Rockets with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, and added two steals for good measure. Luis Scola added 20 points and five boards for Houston.

The Lakers have won three of their last four games and have only allowed 100 points one time in seven games this season. The Lakers head to Portland to battle the 4-1 Trail Blazers Thursday night at the Rose Garden.

For more Lakers basketball news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers vs. Rockets Score: Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum Dominate First Half

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to get back on track after a tough weekend and the team played a strong first half against the Houston Rockets. At the break, the Lakers lead 50-46 behind the efforts of Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum.

Bryant, who continues to be bothered by a bad wrist, led all scorers with 15 points and brought down four rebounds, as well. Bynum, who is playing for just the third time after serving a suspension to begin the season, already has a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Pau Gasol started off slowly but ended the half with eight points and five rebounds.

The Rockets are hanging tough at Staples Center and were led by Luis Scola and his 15 points thus far. Kevin Martin had a rough shooting half (2-for-10) and struggled with lockdown defense from Bryant and Metta World Peace. Chase Budinger has played well and has hit two 3-pointers. The second half is just about to begin.

For more on the Lakers, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Rockets Basketball: Game Time, Preview By The Numbers, TV Info And More

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers would like to wash the taste of Sunday's 99-90 loss to the Denver Nuggets out of their mouths as quickly as possible, and look to rebound with a home game Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. Here are the relevant details of Tuesday night's game:

Records: Lakers (3-3); Rockets (2-2)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Staples Center, downtown Los Angeles

TV: Fox Sports West, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call

Offensive Rating: Rockets 106.2 points per 100 possessions (10th in NBA); Lakers 102.2 (17th in NBA)

Defensive Rating: Lakers 97.4 (sixth in NBA); Rockets 105.7 (20th in NBA)

Welcome Back, Drew: Lakers center Andrew Bynum has been awesome in his return from suspension, with two double-doubles in his two games. Bynum has made two-thirds of his field goal attempts, and has averaged 23.5 points and 14.5 rebounds so far.

Laying Bricks: Kobe Bryant made just six of 28 field goals in Sunday's loss, making him the only Laker in the last 27 years to miss more than 20 shots in a game. Bryant has made 12 of 46 field goals in his last two games (26.1%), including just one of 13 from three-point range. Kobe has made just five of 26 three-pointers (19.2%) so far this season.

Leading Scorers: Kobe, Lakers (24.0 points per game, sixth in the NBA); Kevin Martin, Rockets (19.3 ppg)

Leading Rebounders: Since Bynum has played just two games, we'll count Pau Gasol here (8.7 boards per game); Jordan Hill, Rockets (8.3 rpg)

Leading Assist Men: Kobe, Lakers (6.0 assists per game); Kyle Lowry, Rockets (11.5 apg, first in the NBA)

Series History: The Lakers have won their season series with the Rockets in each of the last three years, and have beaten Houston in eight of their last 10 meetings.

Road Woes: The Rockets are 2-0 at home this season, but 0-2 on the road. They are in town for two games in two nights, as they will battle the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more Lakers basketball news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Kobe Bryant Clears The Air About Weekend Struggles, Looks For Improvement Against Rockets

After a weekend where he shot just 26.1% from the field (12-for-46), Kobe Bryant let it be known that nothing about his game is going to change, as told to multiple sources including ESPN LA's Dave McMenamin.

"I do what I do. If guys are open, I kick it to them, if they're not, I shoot it," Bryant said. "I play my game."

The season started off like a typical Bryant season with him averaging 27.8 points on 48.1% shooting but he struggled with his shot over the weekend against the Denver Nuggets in two games the Lakers split.

As usual, Bryant doesn't really like speaking about his torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist that he injured during the preseason, but that isn't to say he doesn't recognize the affect it's had on him.

"I don't make excuses," Bryant said. "It's a pain in the ass. It is."

Even through his struggles, Bryant doesn't see any reason to change his approach. He sat down on the plane with coach Mike Brown and reviewed the game tape. To both Bryant and Brown, he took mostly good shots. They just weren't falling.

"When you look at (6-for-28 in the box score), you think ‘Oh my gosh, there's got to be a ton of bad shots," Brown said. "But if you go back and watch the game you see some of the shots he took, there were a lot of shots he took -- (I know) because I coached against him -- he normally makes."

"I had shots. If I have shots, I take them," Bryant said. "If I shoot the ball 40 times with good looks, that's what it is. (If I shoot it) 15 or 20 times, that's what it is."

"What I realized is I got to make some adjustments with this jumper."


Lakers, Clippers, Kings In Midst Of 17 Straight Gamedays At Staples Center

The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, in the midst of a busy time at Staples Center. The Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers along with the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL all have extended road trips at the beginning of February, dubbed the "Grammy road trip" as the venue prepares to host the annual music awards. That, coupled with an extra dense NBA schedule thanks to the lockout makes for many home games in January.

Tuesday is the sixth of 17 consecutive days with a sporting event at Staples Center:

That's quite a run of games at Staples Center for more than two weeks. And don't worry, even though there isn't a game on Sunday, January 15, the Lakers and Clippers each make up for it with home games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Janaury 16. January is a busy sports month at Staples Center

Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more Lakers basketball news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Los Angeles Lakers Week In Preview: Home Schedule Bodes Well For L.A.

The Los Angeles Lakers opened their season with six games in eight days, the fastest team in the league to six games. The Lakers split their first six games, and look to put more wins on the board heading into their second week of the season, which features three home games. Here's an overview of the Lakers' upcoming schedule.

Tuesday, January 3 - Houston Rockets at Lakers (7:30 p.m. PST, Fox Sports West): the Lakers have beaten Houston in eight of their last 10 meetings.

Thursday, January 5 - Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers (7:30 p.m. PST, TNT and KCAL): The Lakers got the monkey of their back with a win last season at the Rose Garden, snapping a nine-game losing streak in Portland. But the Lakers have still lost 16 of their last 20 road games against the Blazers.

Friday, January 6 - Golden State Warriors at Lakers (7:30 p.m. PST, Fox Sports West): The Lakers have beaten the Warriors in 21 of their last 24 meetings overall, and are 15-1 in their last 16 home games against Golden State.

Sunday, January 8 - Memphis Grizzlies at Lakers (6:30 p.m. PST, Fox Sports West): After Sunday the Lakers will have played seven of their 10 games at home.

Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West. For more Lakers basketball news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Kobe Bryant, Lakers Host Rockets Tuesday Night At Staples Center

The Lakers have beaten the Rockets in eight of their last 10 meetings.

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