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Lakers reporting a fractured tibia for Randle. On his way to the hospital, don't know yet if he'll need surgery. BK
Bracing for what I expect to be an incredibly somber postgame locker room. 19-yo rookie suffers major injury in pro debut. Devastating.
Mychal Thompson has broken his leg before and that was his first thought when he saw Julius Randle go down and get carted off.
Murphy’s Law for injuries to LAL the last couple years. Kobe’s Achilles, Nash’s leg/back, 319 total games missed last year, now Randle.
Miserable night comes to end for Lakers, 108-90.
Kobe stood next to a distraught Randle before he was carted off, hand on his shoulder, trying to keep his spirits up, to encourage him.
It was as somber a scene on the court as you'd expect with the talented rookie, surrounded by his teammates, in pain as he was carted off.
Nothing official on Julius Randle's injury yet from the team. Imagine he's getting X-rays in the back. Stay tuned for official update.
There was nothing more important about this season for LAL than Randle's development. Obviously that's put on hold for a while. BK
Don't want to say its a curse, but last time Lakers had a Top 10 pick....Andrew Bynum. Who is maybe the definition of injury.
Chilling scene here at Staples with Lakers rookie being carted off with what appears to be a serious leg injury.
Twitterverse telling me TNT says Randle has a broken leg. No word from Lakers yet, but couldn't be worse news.
Mitch Kupchak said that the Lakers have to stay healthy to be competitive. Before Game 2 of the season, Nash out for year, Randle broken leg
According to TV reports, Randle suffered a broken leg. No official word from Lakers though
TNT is reporting a broken leg for Julius Randle. Just horrible. I feel awful for the kid. AK
Broken leg for rookie Julius Randle.
I just can’t believe this. How does this happen time and time again? Definitely serious. Could be a ruptured Achilles tendon for Randle.
Randle in obvious distress as they put him on the stretcher. Teammates hugging him, crowd cheers as he leaves court
Now Jeanie is taking a selfie with a fan.
Randle's entire right leg is in an air cast as many of his teammates load him on to the stretcher.
Kobe Bryant holding Julius Randle by the left hand as the rookie is being lifted onto a stretcher. This is a devastating scene.
Jeanie Buss rubbing her forehead and visibly distraught as Julius Randle is being tended to by medical personnel. Stretcher out.
Julius Randle first game of his career. Looks like a major injury. This will be a long 82-games for Laker fans.
Replays showed that Randle landed awkwardly after colliding with with 2 Rockets.
Lakers trainer Gary Vitti is looking at Randle's lower right leg and immobilizing it.
This is bad. They're taking the stretcher out for Randle after his collision with two Rockets players. Looks like lower leg injury.
Julius Randle appears to have a serious injury. A stretcher is out on the court.
Stretcher coming for Randle. BK
It's been several minutes now since Julius Randle went down, and he's yet to get up. Trainer Gary Vitti and several teammates around him.
Randle's right foot buckled just now as he tried to take off on a drive to the basket. That IS the foot there was debate about surgery.
Uh-oh. Julius Randle on the court, holding his leg.
PLEASE DON’T BE HURT, JULIUS RANDLE. PLEASE DON’T BE HURT.
Julius Randle appears to be hurt after falling on a drive to the hoop. He has yet to get up, holding his right leg.
Crowd starting to file out of Staples. Drama over, game out of reach as Rockets lead, 101-75 with 6:46 left
Kobe and Dwight, by the way, did not shake hands before tip-off.
Kobe Bryant comes out of the game, presumably bringing an end to his night. Line: 19 points, 3 rebs, 2 asts. 30 minutes.
Kobe's down by 25 points. Dwight had just embarrassingly banked in a free throw. Good time to vent at each other.
Kobe called for a personal foul, Dwight called for a flagrant and each of them gets a technical foul. Expensive play!
After review, Kobe gets foul, Dwight gets Flagrant-1 foul and both hit with T's
Keeping refs in business... Kobe gets personal foul, Dwight gets flagrant 1. Both get Ts.
After review, personal foul on Kobe. Flagrant one foul on Dwight. Double technicals.
Both get technical fouls. Lip readers are saying that Kobe called Dwight "soft"
Looks like Dwight caught Kobe in the chin with the elbow. Kobe said something, Howard talked trash back, Kobe responded.
And with this double technical, Kobe and Dwight finally get on the same page. AK
Kobe and Dwight jaw at each other after Kobe's elbow hits Dwights jaw. Kobe gets called for foul. Crowd not happy
“SOFT” - KOBE BRYANT TALKING ABOUT DWIGHT HOWARD.
Crowd fired up again...all it took was Dwight swinging his elbows as Kobe pestered him. And Dwight pointing + yelling at Kobe. Entertaining.
Dwight elbows Kobe in the face, gets called for the foul, then barks at Kobe about it... Not a good look for Dwight with a 25-point lead.
Replay shows Dwight caught Kobe in the chin with a left elbow.
KOBE VS. DWIGHT
Kobe and Howard just squared off a bit. Howard threw an elbow doing the "clear the rebound" thing, Kobe didn't like it.
My lip reading skills put to the test: Kobe appears to be saying, "Drop it," over and over to Dwight.
Howard almost cracked the backboard on his last FT. He's 4 for 12 on the evening. Has 10 points, 10 boards.
Kobe back in with team down by 21. Comeback coming?
Kobe, Boozer and Lin back in at the 9:53 mark, next to Price and Davis. 91-70 HOU.
Well, Kobe is back in the game...
Lakers are down by 91-70 early in the fourth quarter and I hope Byron Scott doesn’t put Kobe back in. Save him for tomorrow.
Rockets 91, Lakers 70 with 9:53 left in the game. That's the largest lead of the game for Houston.
Rockets lead is now 20 (90-70). Fans call for Kobe. Guess it could get worse.
We'll see how much Scott plays Kobe (27 minutes) here w/LAL down 20, 10:10 to go and LAL flying to PHX after the game for a back to back.
ATTACK JASON TERRY, JULIUS RANDLE. DON’T PASS THE BALL.
The fourth quarter starts with Ronnie Price, Jordan Clarkson, Xavier Henry, Julius Randle and Ed Davis on the floor for the Lakers.
Rockets 85, Lakers 69. The third quarter ends with a Lakers fast break ending with a missed lay-up.
Rockets lead, 85-69, after three qtrs. Lakers shooting 36.1 percent. Could be worse
After cutting HOU's lead to single digits, Harden's FT parade helped 'em back to an 85-69 edge as Henry's missed layup closes the 3rd.
Yeah, I hate James Harden.
Rockets 81, Lakers 67 with 1:56 left in the third quarter. It could be worse considering the Lakers are shooting 37.9% from the field.
Considering how poorly the Lakers are playing, they’re still hanging around and only down 11 late in the third.
If the Lakers want to get back into this thing, they'll need more from Lin...he has 4 points on 1-for-4 shooting in 23 mins.
Rookie Julius Randle's been a bit tentative, but he was early in preseason too before heating up, and has played better later in games.
Completely unrelated but still gonna tweet: Chandler Parsons 2 for 10 for DAL, 5 points. Trevor Ariza now 5 for 8 (all 3's) for 16 points.
Lin to Davis was among LAL's best features this preseason, and nets another layup here as LAL gets back within 9. Lin up to 4 dimes.
That sequence is why I don't think teams will end up doubling Kobe that much. Makes it too easy for others to get clean looks. BK
Kobe has played 24 minutes so far and still is on the floor with four fouls and Lakers down by 11. Why?
Just like Byron drew it up. AK
LAL wings taking James Harden bait every time he drives. Have to know he's searching for contact first. Now 12 of 12 FT's, HOU back up 12.
It was 62-45 at halftime ... it's now 66-59 with a 14-4 spurt for the home team. Lin's leading the charge on offense.