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Podcast: Takeaways from the Lakers’ seeding games

The Lakers played a meaningless game today. We talked about their strange seeding round, the return of Rajon Rondo, the “threat” of the Blazers and more.

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The Lakers are done with the regular season, and their final game (a loss to the Sacramento Kings) was completely meaningless. So after briefly reacting to it, today’s Silver Screen and Roll postgame podcast hosts Harrison Faigen and Jacob Rude jumped into an autopsy of the Lakers’ play in the bubble, and what they feel like they learned from it.

First, they got into the weird vibes around the team (and what might have been behind them). Were the Lakers just missing a sense of normalcy, or are things more serious than that? After talking about that, Harrison and Jacob theorized about how motivated the Lakers actually were to win these games, and if a lot of these problems might go away when they flip a switch in the playoffs.

Then, with Rajon Rondo returning to the bubble today (and likely returning to the court soon), Harrison and Jacob debated how much of the weirdness around the team might be attributable to the lack of Rondo, and how the team should handle his return.

Finally, to wrap things up, Jacob and Harrison discussed the Lakers’ possible eighth seed opponents, and why they think the Portland Trail Blazers might be getting juuuuuust a tad overhyped as a threat.

You can listen to the full episode in the player below, and to make sure you never miss a single one, 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 Jacob at @JacobRude.