The Lakers eked out a win against the Nuggets Monday night, using what appeared to be 80 percent of their best closing lineup against Denver’s unit, and Kyle Kuzma put the cherry on top of the sundae with his game-winning 3-pointer.
On the latest episode of the Silver Screen & Roll podcast, Anthony and Sabreena discuss just how much the Lakers were actually trying to win this game. Given their lackadaisical — and that’s being kind — defensive effort, it’s safe to say the team wasn’t fully locked in, but the minutes totals for their stars suggest that L.A. was at least trying to develop some sort of rhythm as the seeding games come to a close.
The key takeaway for the two hosts is that the Lakers had some level of concern about their offense heading into this game and used these minutes to get some meaningful reps for lineups that figure to play frequently during the postseason. They go through what looked better about the team’s offense, before transitioning into the performance given by the star of the night, Kuzma.
Kuzma has been the Lakers’ most consistent performer in Orlando, and Anthony and Sabreena discuss what it meant for Kuzma to have the final play drawn for him, and what this moment could do to energize him and the team moving forward. They conclude with what Kuzma’s emergence as a whole means for the Lakers on both ends of the floor.