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 Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at Staples Center.: 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
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.