HOUSTON — The smile on Lou Williams’ face traced from two recent events.
The Houston Rockets (46-21) enter tonight’s game against the Lakers (20-47) at Toyota Center already with a clinched playoff spot. Williams also collected his previously unpaid bets from Lakers forward Nick Young, dues that had piled up from countless card games during Williams’ 1 1/2 seasons with the Lakers.
After the Lakers traded Williams to Houston on Feb. 21, Williams dismissed Young’s contention on Twitter that all debts were cleared since he went to a new team.
“I was a running joke,” Williams said. “I know Nick wants to give me a hard time.”
Williams is also giving Lakers veteran forward Metta World Peace a hard time.
“I expected Metta to pay me first. But I haven’t seen Metta,” Williams said. “I know they threw him in the game the other day. He might’ve been tired. I have to find him pregame.”
World Peace played in five minutes near the end of the first half of the Lakers’ 129-101 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday at Staples Center. In a game that prompted Lakers coach Luke Walton to raise his voice about his players’ effort, World Peace provided a rare jolt of energy with three points, two rebounds and an assist.
“He’s got his bones moving again, so he was probably getting some sleep,” Williams joked.