Inside the Lakers: The Lakers learned the identity of their second-opponent tonight, and it’s the Houston Rockets, who defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 92-76, in Game 6 and took the series, 4-2.

Ron Artest scored 27 points and Yao Ming had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Rockets win a playoff series for the first time since 1997. Both will be key figures in the next round for the Rockets.

The Lakers beat the Rockets, 4-0, in the regular season.

Here’s the schedule (times are PDT)…

  • Game 1, Monday at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TNT.
  • Game 2, Wednesday at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., TNT.
  • Game 3, May 8 at Houston, 6:30 p.m., ESPN.
  • Game 4, May 10 at Houston, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7.
  • Game 5, if necessary, May 12 at Staples Center, TBA, TNT.
  • Game 6, if necessary, May 14 at Houston, TBA, ESPN.
  • Game 7, if necessary, May 16 at Staples Center, TBA, TBA.
  • xfellerx

    tsrif.

  • Salty

    The games for the conference finals have always been scheduled for every other day for the past couple of years now, so it looks like we’ll be done with these next two rounds rather quickly.

  • Anthony

    It’s time for a Texas sized a$$-whipping.

    If we play our ball I can’t see them taking even one from us.

  • http://steveodesignedge.wordpress.com/ dEDGE

    I guess it’ll be another long summer before we hear back from those Portlanders claiming that they are the only team capable of beating the Lakers.

    Houston, you’ve got a problem…

  • Jack

    wats up with game 4 on channel 7? i dont live in LA? how the heck m i gonna watch the last game of the series?? (assuming its a sweep!)

  • Khadgars

    If bynum has a good series with close to 20 and 10 performances then we’ll sweep the Rockets. If not we’ll do it 5 as the Lakers don’t have any weaknesses.

    But don’t fool your self and think the games should be blow outs, Houston is a good team and it’s going to be another hard fought series that ultimately ends up being lop sided in favor of the lakers.

  • jason007

    we’ll win this series in 5..6 at the most…I WANT DENVER

  • WifelovesLuke

    “dEDGE
    May 1st, 2009 at 11:39 am
    I guess it’ll be another long summer before we hear back from those Portlanders claiming that they are the only team capable of beating the Lakers.

    Houston, you’ve got a problem…”

    LMAO…good stuff dEDGE.

    Here’s a question: Since Brooks and Wafer are speedy PG’s, will we see a return of Farmar? Or has PJ basically given the #2 spot to Brown? Is Brown quick enough to hang with Houston Speedy’s? I’m curious, because the dribble penetration has been a concern of mine all season.

  • kobe8

    To be honest i see a sweep. I don’t think Houston can really match up with the Lakers. The Lakers would have had some problems had they played Portland but Houston don’t have enough fire power to mess with Kobe & co.

  • Salty

    [Comment ID #69639 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Channel 7 in LA translates to ABC. Don’t worry, it’s nationally televised.

  • Lakers in 09!

    Lakers in 5!

  • ME

    where are the broomstickssss

  • Htown

    You might want to keep those broomsticks in the closet. LMFAO to the guy who thinks Portland had more firepower than Houston. Obviously not!

  • Rockets fan

    7 games the rockets have the fire power now to hold the lakers artest has picked up pace in playoffs rockets in seven close games but I’m thinking bynum isn’t ready for Yao and the speed of brooks and wafer so la can suckit

  • Boozie

    It was a very thrilling, blood thirsty first game. I think it was a very nasty blow to Battier, but he’s a warrior, just like the rest of the Rockets. Houston is hungry. There will be no broomsticks for LA to hold. There is a song that Magic 102.1 F.M. sings when the Lakers lose: And the whole world loves it when the Lakers loss, da da da da da…lol. Anyway, tonight will be the Kobe show, I’m sure. It should be named team Kobe, not the Lakers.

  • Jaime v

    Lakers in four!!!