Wednesday’s lineups, injuries and broadcast information
When the Rockets last played for the Lakers January 12, it turned out to be James Harden’s last game with Houston. At that time, visitors to Los Angeles had the best NBA record of the 2020-2021 season.
Four months later, things have changed dramatically for both franchises, and not in a good way. Reeling from Harden’s exit and injuries throughout training, Houston took home the league’s worst record. Meanwhile, the defending champions have suffered injuries to All-Star forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and they may have to go through the West. play-in tournament just to qualify for the 2021 playoffs.
Now on a long awaited championship banner unveiling night at Staples Center to honor the 2019-20 title team, the 2020-21 Lakers will look to keep their hopes up by simply avoiding the play-in tournament. Right now they’re 7th in the Western Conference, which would require winning a play-in game in order to qualify for the playoffs.
Here’s when you should log in to watch Wednesday’s game:
- Dated: Wednesday May 12
- Time: 9:30 p.m. Center
- TV channel: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
- Direct: fuboTV (watch for free in the Houston markets)
Likely starting lineups
Houston Rockets (16-53)
- Guard: DJ Augustin
- Guard: Armoni Brooks
- Forward: Jae’Sean Tate
- Forward: KJ Martin
- Center: Kelly Olynyk
Los Angeles Lakers (38-30)
- Guard: Alex Caruso
- Guard: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- Forward: LeBron James
- Forward: Anthony Davis
- Center: Andre Drummond
LeBron James will give that right ankle one more day off today against Knicks – and aim for a comeback Wednesday against Rockets, sources say @mcten and me.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 11, 2021
Houston injury report listed 11 of the team’s 17 players on standard contracts: Christian Wood (right ankle), John Wall (right hamstring), Eric Gordon (right groin), Sterling Brown (head / face lacerations), Kevin Porter Jr. (left ankle), Avery Bradley (personal reasons), Dante Exum (left calf), Danuel House Jr. (right ankle), DaQuan Jeffries (right ankle), David Nwaba (right wrist) and DJ Wilson (health and security). Of those 11, the only potential options to play on Wednesday are Wood, House, and Jeffries, which are each questionable. The other eight got out.
The Rockets have two additional players (Cameron Oliver and Khyri Thomas) on hardship exception deals, which ensures they meet the minimum requirement of eight active NBA players.
The Lakers won’t release an injury report until noon Wednesday, as they also played against New York on Tuesday. In that game, they were without LeBron James (right ankle), Dennis Schroder (health and safety protocols), and Jared Dudley (right MCL tear). However, media reported that James will probably play against Houston.
To note: This article first appeared on Rockets Wire. follow us on Facebook!