The Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to eight games by easily dispatching the Spurs in San Antonio. LeBron James dominated from start to finish, so our hosts tried to contextualize his performance, this win, the season thus far and everything in-between.
The Lake Show
Harrison and I start by asking the question at the forefront of everyone’s mind given the start to this season San Antonio has had: How overrated is Gregg Popovich? I mean, we all know he’s obviously not as good as everyone thinks. The question is how big is the gap between reality and the narrative surrounding him.
(Important note: This discussion may or not have been laced in extreme sarcasm)
From there, we talked about the win overall, as well as the way Anthony Davis is being used. We remain impressed with the job Frank Vogel is doing, not just from an X’s and O’s standpoint, but also while factoring in the human elements of the strings he’s pulling.
Finally, we look ahead to Wednesday night’s game in New Orleans and then finish the show with another chapter from Byron Scott’s book. He remains a treasure.
Locked on Lakers
Today’s episode starts with a fun conversation in which Pete and I tried to contextualize how special a season James has had thus far, especially given the stage of his career. Frankly, it’s basically unprecedented.
In the later segments, we discussed the way Davis is being used and the possible explanations for how little pick-and-roll he’s been involved in given how great he is as a roller. Remember, decisions like how to use him extend beyond any single game, so it’s important to identify the process that leads to his role.
Finally, we talk about him taking more threes and then open up the iTunes mailbag for a more league-wide perspective.
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