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Podcast: What can we learn from the Lakers beating the Warriors without LeBron James?

The Lakers haven’t been good when LeBron James isn’t playing this year, but big nights from Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo were still enough to help them beat the Warriors.

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The Los Angeles Lakers rolled to an easy win against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, and while no one would call the last-place-in-the-West Warriors a “good” team, the Lakers getting a victory without LeBron James is still great news for a roster that has mostly looked lost when he sits this year.

But how much can the Lakers take away from a win against what was essentially a G League team? On the latest episode of “I Love Basketball,” — a podcast on the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed — host Sabreena Merchant was joined by our own Harrison Faigen to talk about the win, and how much of what we saw is transferrable against other, better opponents.

Sabreena was intrigued by the potential of one particular lineup, and Harrison thought one of the ways the Lakers used Kuzma might tell us something about why he’s struggled at times this season. They also both think that this game might have offered a blueprint from Rajon Rondo to be effective, but the problem is that it may not be a strategy that the Lakers can go with very often.

After talking over the win, Harrison and Sabreena also discussed what this game might be able to tell us about how the Lakers will approach the buyout market, where they’ve been connected to names like Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith for weeks.

Could either of those guys actually help, and can — or should — the Lakers add them? Sabreena and Harrison discussed all that and more on our latest podcast.

You can listen to the full episode below, and for more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen, and Sabreena at @sabreenajm.

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