Houston, we have a problem.
The Rockets still have to make significant improvements on defense.
After a close season opener, the Rockets fell short by two points against the Los Angeles Lakers.
After leading at the end of the half, the Rockets came back and lost their 11-point lead. After that, it was downhill for the Rockets.
Luis Scola’s defense was particularly bad against the Lakers. At times, he looked like a deer in headlights, losing Lamar Odom multiple times and conceding his share of open baskets to the Lakers.
Brad Miller has looked decent defensively, but he was definitely not quick enough to keep up with the Lakers.
Courtney Lee has been a good defender historically, but he also struggled against the Lakers. Even Shannon Brown scored with ease against him. Whether it was his fault or not, the Lakers seemed to go on runs the moment he entered the game.