The Lakers were hoping to start off the 2014-2015 season on the right foot. Instead, they were routed by the Houston Rockets and suffered a big blow when the Lakers' 7th round draft left with a leg injury. Lakers only shot 35.4% from the field. The offense just didn't flow as the Lakers seemed like they were running motions on the court. The Lakers were led by Bryant and Boozer. Bryant had 19pts, while Boozer contributed with 17pts. It wasn't enough as the Rockets were efficient on both offense and defense.
The Lakers did make a surge in the 3rd quarter, but couldn't capitalize on turnovers. The Rockets were led by Harden who had 32pts, followed by Ariza and Jones both contributing 16pts a piece. There was also a little scuffle that ensued when Bryant and Howard got into it when Howard swung his elbow and hit Bryant in the jaw.
Things got worse for the Lakers, who have already lost Nash for the season, when rookie Julius Randle suffered a broken tibia. He had to be carried off in a stretcher while his teammates surrounded him. Really heartbreaking for Lakers fans, as Randle was just starting his career. It may be put on hold now. The Lakers were riddled with injuries last season, and now it looks as though its repeating. The only thing the Lakers can do is go out and play hard every night regardless on who in on the floor. They can't rest as they face the fast running Phoenix Suns tomorrow night.