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The Lakers are a couple games out of the top spot in the west and LeBron James has been mostly absent from the MVP debate. That should change ASAP.

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The Los Angeles Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs despite injury woes, foul trouble, cold shooting and a random Rudy Gay throwback game. Man, life is good when you have LeBron James on the team.

Can You Dig It?

On this week’s episode of “Can You Dig It?”, Christian and Grant welcome Sabreena Merchant to the show to talk about the players that need to step up if Brandon Ingram can’t play this weekend.

Sabreena is a staff writer at Silver Screen and Roll and the deputy managing editor at Clips Nation, SB Nation’s Los Angeles Clippers community. You can follow Sabreena on Twitter at @sabreenajm.

They also discussed LeBron James’ dominant fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday and Kyle Kuzma’s defensive awakening.

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Locked on Lakers

Today’s show starts with something that, somehow, even I haven’t mentioned to this point quite yet: LeBron James as an MVP candidate. Lost in all the handwringing about rotations, offensive and defensive systems and everything else is that the Lakers somehow sit only TWO games out of the top spot in the west.

While some things have broke their way, they’ve dealt with their share of adversity already and yet there they are, fighting for a spot in an insane conference. If I have to put up with all the Twitter takes about how trash the supporting cast is, then LeBron’s case is pretty self-explanatory.

From there, I discuss what Brandon Ingram’s injury means with some of what Luke Walton had to say about the topic. Basically, I like his approach to the situation, and the second half of last night’s win was a bit of a preview.

Speaking of Luke, he deserves a ton of credit for how he handled that second half. A lot went against the Lakers in that game, and they pulled through thanks to cooler heads prevailing.

I finish with some Josh Hart praise. Dude just gets it. You can listen to the full show below and make sure to subscribe on iTunes.