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Lakers vs. Houston: A preview podcast with

November 9, 2008 | 12:43 pm

Lamar_odom_hou_2 The Rockets, with their formidable Big Three (T-Mac, Yao, Ron-Ron), and Fort Knox D, represent a legitimate threat in the Western Conference, and LA's best test of the early season.  That said, despite a 4-2 start things haven't really coalesced in the early going for Houston, especially on the offensive end, as the motion, read-and-react offense favored by Rick Adelman hasn't been operating at peak efficiency.

Getting Shane Battier back from injury will help- don't think that's happening tonight- but for the time being, the Rockets are working through the kinks.  Still, they'll provide a great early test.  To get a better handle on Houston, I spoke yesterday with Dave Hardisty, host of ClutchFans, one of the longest running independent hoops websites around, old school and rock solid like the Sugarhill Gang

We covered Ron Artest's acclimation to life in Texas, what the Rockets want to do offensively, and how Houston's lack of length could hurt them tonight, among other things.  Use it as a primer for tonight's action.

AUDIO: Download clutch_fans_rockets_podcast.mp3