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Podcasts: Should Luke Walton have played Lonzo Ball more in the fourth quarter?

The Lakers won but the focus was once again on Luke Walton after the game. Should it have been?

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The Los Angeles Lakers won a hard-fought game behind a tremendous effort from Tyson Chandler, the newly signed center who happened to grow up in Southern California.

And yet, conversation after the game from a very large faction of the fan base was about which point guard played down the stretch. Because we can’t have nice things.

Thursdays is a double-podcast day for Silver Screen & Roll.

On this week’s episode of “Can You Dig It?” Christian and Grant discuss the impact Tyson Chandler had in his debut for the Lakers on Tuesday.

Even at the 36 years old, Chandler proved he can still be a game changer on both ends of the floor, whether it’s with his tenacious rebounding or his hard screens. Chandler looks like exactly what the Lakers were missing.

They also talk about the reported rift between Luke Walton and Magic Johnson. The front office has the right to be upset with Walton, but they can’t do so without taking some blame for the roster they provided him with.

Finally, they go into the rationale behind Walton playing Rajon Rondo more minutes than Lonzo Ball. Ball has been far from perfect to start his sophomore season, but it would be in the Lakers’ best interest to see what they have or don’t have in their former No. 2 overall pick.

Then, on today’s Locked on Lakers, I start by discussing the game itself, which served to teach us a few things about this new-look Lakers roster.

Chandler offered up a ton of what had people excited about him as an addition to the Lakers, both in aspects of the game that show up in the box score and intangibly.

I guess we also should also talk about Lonzo Ball not playing in the fourth quarter. Turns out, the sky falls even after wins! So that’s fun.

As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the shows. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes, or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing to either “The Silver Screen and Roll Podcast” or “Locked on Lakers” on iTunes.

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