HOUSTON The issues continue to roll off the Lakers' collective backs like water through the rocks of a tranquil stream. This group seems impervious to concerns even when they are pressing and legitimate.
The shorthanded Rockets, absent their starting backcourt of Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin, shredded the Lakers' defense in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night at Toyota Center with reserve guards Goran Dragic and Courtney Lee inflicting significant damage. And while Lakers coach Mike Brown wailed afterwards, equally aghast and puzzled by the repetitiveness of their deficiencies, the Lakers seemed far from fretful.
Down by double digits midway through the fourth quarter, the Rockets roared back and snatched a 107-104 victory that exposed the Lakers' most recent set of ever-evolving ills. The problem du jour: their defense.
"I'm concerned but I'm confident that we'll get it fixed," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. "We've responded to challenges all year. In a way it's good to go throu...