L.A. Times: The Lakers swept the regular-season series from the Houston Rockets, 4-0, and two of the games were won by double-digit margins.
The Lakers defeated the Rockets twice without Andrew Bynum (out because of a knee injury) and once without him and Lamar Odom (suspension). The Lakers are 5-2 against the Rockets in Houston over the last four seasons.
All that would make one think that the Lakers can handle the Rockets and that Houston will be an easy target when the Western Conference semifinal series begins Monday night at Staples Center.
Well, one better think again.
“We cannot approach this series like we know them,” Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons said Friday. “When you think this way, you’re really vulnerable.”
Cleamons has the job of scouting the Rockets, a team he has done advance scouting on all season, and he devised the game plan that brought the Lakers so much success against Houston this season.