In this episode, Jas is joined by Sportsnet 650’s Marcus Fitzgerald to breakdown the Lakers’ first defeat in several weeks. To kick things off, they discuss the fourth quarter letdown for the Lakers, and how their effort wasn’t there in this game, especially on the defensive end.
Then, the guys shared their thoughts on why this was a good loss for the team, and how they can’t rely solely on talent to get by, especially against playoff-caliber teams.
Following that, Marcus and Jas get into the flaws the loss exposed in the Lakers roster. Do they have enough scoring depth off the bench to keep up with the other top teams in the league? With Kyle Kuzma slowly finding his footing after missing two months with his foot injury, can he be the long-term answer the team needs, and are there any options out there not named Andre Iguodala?
To wrap things up, Marcus and Jas share their thoughts on the 7-2 start overall, and how Frank Vogel has fared early in the season.
Locked on Lakers
It was bound to happen. The Lakers have fallen into the habit of playing down to competition. Another reading of the situation is that they’ve spent this early part of the season figuring out how little energy they can expend and still win the game. Either way, they lost a game against a banged up, already-inferior opponent.
Listeners in the mailbag were pretty focused on one player, though: Kuzma, who has struggled since coming back from injury. He’s had flashes, but the vast majority of the times he’s been on the court, he’s looked tentative. So I tried to get to the bottom of that.
Other topics included tactics to get shooters better looks, the perfect role player to add to the team, ranking basketball movies, and more.
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