"It not only affected the starting center", Walton said, "but it's also the starting four man, because Brook provided the spacing for us that we needed". We get after it on defense, we get stops and we get out and run.
In the first overtime, the Lakers and Rockets went toe to toe.
James Harden is obviously a highly coveted player in fantasy tonight.
For the season, the 2015 first-round pick is averaging 8.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Lakers (11-23).
"It felt good", he said.
Green, who had checked in for Harden, put in a corner 3 to tie the game with 17.7 seconds remaining, and moments later was isolated on Kyle Kuzma, with Kuzma settling for a long 3 that missed.
Jordan Clarkson will continue to fill in for Ball and over the last three games, he has played well, averaging 19.7 points, 5.6 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. Harden will probably get his numbers no matter how the Lakers play him, so they will likely stick to their plan of forcing him to work for his buckets and limiting everyone else. Griffin was originally expected to be out eight weeks.More news: Lions torch Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for long touchdown
Meanwhile, the young Lakers team reportedly held an emergency meeting Friday to air out their frustrations.
Injury Report Lakers: Lonzo Ball (left shoulder sprain), Brook Lopez (right ankle sprain) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (personal reasons) are out.
Without Lopez, Kuzma became the starting power forward next to the interior-minded Andrew Bogut (and, on Friday, Randle) sending Nance, arguably the team's most versatile defender, to the bench.
Brandon Ingram vs. Trevor Ariza - With Lonzo Ball still sidelined, Brandon Ingram will have a huge responsibility to carry as he will have to play point for the Lakers once again. "I wanted to give him a chance in there".
Clippers: Will host Charlotte on Sunday.
The Fil-American guard is being tagged as one of the players that the Lakers may have to "sacrifice" as they look to build enough salary cap room to be in a position to contend in the LeBron James and Paul George free-agency sweepstakes at the end of the season.