The Lakers fell against the Rockets in a narrow game in Houston (110-114). With no LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Los Angeles failed to contain the worst team in the Western Conference.
James Worthy, who won three NBA championships as a Laker, wondered if the Purple and Gold left too much energy in the win agains the Pelicans.
“I don’t know whether they left some of their energy in their last game but I know Houston’s playing better than their record indicates,” Worthy said on Spectrum SportsNet.
“But I really thought this was a game that they needed and because of the need of the game I thought they would mentally get themselves ready, put up a little bit better effort. They seemed a little bit maybe fatigued. I’m not really sure what it was.
“That’s a back-to-back game, you travel. Didn’t really seem like they had that energy. It’s indicative by the points in the paint and the lack of assists for the Lakers. Third quarter was a little bit better.
“But it was an odd game. I get it, one of 82 games, team this hot just beat the Celtics, was just more aggressive and with no paint, no rim protection. I would seem like it was lights out early.”