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Jalen Green: Rockets’ plan was to attack Carmelo Anthony

Jalen Green and Carmelo Anthony in Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 9: Jalen Green #0 of the Houston Rockets shoots a three point basket during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 9, 2022 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Rockets aren’t good.

But they are young.

Which at least partially explains how they boat-raced the Lakers in overtime – outscoring them 19-10 in five minutes en route to a 139-130 victory – and how Houston rookie Jalen Green discussed it afterward.

AT&T SportsNet Southwest:

Green, who scored a career-high 32 points Wednesday:

The game plan was attack Melo, put him in isolation. And my teammates kept feeding me, so I knew what to do with it.

Nate Duncan of the “Dunc’d On” podcast:

That’s a 233 offensive rating!

Of course, the Rockets attacked Carmelo Anthony. The 37-year-old can be a defensive liability, especially late in a taxing game.

But opponents rarely say so this explicitly.

Green might not know better. Which is a treat for those of use who enjoy the candor.

In fairness to Anthony, he was far from alone in playing subpar defense for Los Angeles tonight. The old Lakers were particularly horrid in getting back in transition against the running Rockets. Several solid offensive performances – 23 points and 12 assists from a returned LeBron James, 30 points from Russell Westbrook, 20 points from Malik Monk, 17 points from Austin Reaves (whom Green also named as a defensive target – went to waste. That wasn’t because of just Anthony.

But because of Green, Anthony will be the face of this loss for Los Angeles.