They say styles make struggles.
If so, expect the conference semi-finals
Matchup between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers to go the distance.
James Harden scored 36 points and the Rockets scored a 112-97 victory to take a 1-0 lead over the No. 1 Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.
In the middle of the 2019-20 season, the Rockets decided to do it
Go all in on their little ball play style and swap their starting center
for another "Three & D" onwards.
Her new style, known as "Micro Ball", is positional and a mix of speed and sharp shooting. Robert Covington, a 6 & # 39; 7 "striker they acquired in that four-team deal in February, started Game 1 at the center.
"It's the speed. They play a lot of speed both offensively and defensively," LeBron James said when asked what he noticed about the missiles in Game 1. "You can see it in the movie, but you can't get a feel for it until you're on the court."
In the meantime, the Lakers' style could be viewed as exactly the opposite. The Lakers are tall and long and have three centers that are at least ten feet high. LeBron James, who is closer to 6 & # 39; 10 ", is her primary ball handler. Needless to say, round two features two clashing styles.
"We're going to get on the tape and look at a lot of ways we can go," said Lakers' head coach Frank Vogel when asked about the opposing styles in Game 1. "We have to be better. This one is behind us. We have to do better in Game 2."
James made his contribution with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Anthony Davis has 25 points and 14 rebounds.
The difference in the game was due to the three-point shooting of both teams. The Rockets are one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league and they showed it off on Friday. They shot 36 percent (14:39) from a distance.
The Lakers three-point shooting was their Achilles heel in the bladder. If the Lakers hit their shots they win, if they miss they lose. On Friday, they mostly missed, shooting 28 percent in 38 attempts, just one less than Houston, a recipe for disaster in Los Angeles, especially if you miss it, resulting in long rebounds and transition baskets for the Rockets.
"We have to clean up sales aggressively," said James. "Game 2 has to be a complete turnaround."
Despite their small size, the Rockets scored 42-40 more points in color than the Lakers and scored 41 points apiece on rebounds. The Lakers have the advantage in two categories. Houston also had 27 points less than 15 Lakers sales in the game, most points less than playoff sales.
"I don't think we played into their hands, but we have to attack them on the glass and make them pay when they get small," said Davis.
The Lakers took the 7-0 lead to start the game, but the Rockets rallied and took the lead just before the end of the first quarter. You wouldn't give up what the rest of the game is leading.
The Lakers cut the lead to just two points at the end of the third quarter, just before Harden headed for the bank. Without Harden, Russell Westbrook went out and drove the Rockets 14-0 to start the fourth quarter. Houston turned a two point lead into a 19 point blowout before Harden returned.
Westbrook ended with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
The Lakers lost the opening game of their first round with the Portland Trail Blazers before winning the next four games to win the series 4-1.