The Los Angeles Lakers will wind up gentleman sweeping the Houston Rockets.
The Los Angeles Lakers dropped Game 1 in the first round of the NBA Playoffs to the Portland Trail Blazers and all of the pundits who doubted the Lakers warned that trouble was looming. The Lakers heard that and won the next four, completing the gentleman’s sweep to send the Blazers home.
The Lakers started the second round of the NBA Playoffs in the exact same way. They lost Game 1 to the Houston Rockets in rather ugly fashion. The team did not look good and had a terrible fourth quarter, which turned into a blowout.
Guess what the pundits said? The Los Angeles Lakers are in trouble.
The Lakers have won back-to-back games to regain control of the series against the Houston Rockets and are tracking to do the same thing that they did in the first round. But Houston is bound to win another game, right? The Rockets are a better team than the Blazers and are a bad matchup, right?
Houston is better than Portland and it is true that they present a matchup unlike any other team in the league. However, the Lakers have the Rockets’ equation solved and with all things considered, this series is over.
Risking the chance of looking silly in, here is why the Houston Rockets will not another game in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers.