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Lakers vs. Houston Rockets preview
Lakers vs. Houston Rockets preview

The Lakers (12-31) have lost seven in a row coming into their Sunday-night battle against the Houston Rockets (30-14). They'll play without Kobe Bryant, who may be out for the season with a torn rotator cuff. Houston may not have center Dwight Howard, doubtful with an ankle injury. The Rockets are fighting for playoff position, while the Lakers are a bottom four team -- which may not be a bad thing given that the Lakers owe a top-five protected pick to the Phoenix Suns in the 2015 NBA draft. The Lakers own Houston's first-rounder as well, as part of the Lin trade.  A Rockets' win will help the Lakers protect their own pick; a Lakers' victory may improve the...

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