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2009 NBA Playoffs Matchup Breakdown: Houston Rockets vs. LA Lakers

Published by on May 4, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers host the Houston Rockets tonight for Game 1 of the 2009 Western Conference semifinals. This series looks to be a true test for both teams, as the Rockets look to knock off the defending Western Conference champs.

This series will come down to matchups. Both teams have plenty of star power but the reserves will also need to step it up if they plan to gain an advantage over their opponents.

 

Yao Ming vs. Andrew Bynum/Pau Gasol

Probably the biggest factor in the series for Houston will be whether or not Yao Ming can dominate in the post.

Yao is currently averaging 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds to go along with 1.17 blocks in the playoffs. He's going t...

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