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.