When the Los Angeles Lakers tipped off their first game of the NBA playoffs since 2013, many of the ailments that had been nipping at their heels since entering the NBA bubble quickly remerged. The coaching staff’s defensive gameplan mostly worked outside of a few ridiculously clutch buckets by Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard during the closing minutes, but the Lakers’ clogged offense let them down. Simply put, their shooting is a major problem, and it’s not their only one.
Which brings us to today’s podcast. After the Lakers’ Game 1 loss to Portland to go down 0-1 to begin their first playoff series in seven years, our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla spent the majority of this week’s episode of “Talk-O Tuesday” — a show by Silver Screen and Roll — discussing what went wrong and right against the Trailblazers. The Lakers’ won’t win a lot of games in which they shoot just 15.6% from three, but that wasn’t even their only issue. Unfortunately, they don’t have a lot of times to fix things.
After talking about the game, Alex and Alex also gave their predictions for the rest of the series, and highlighted a few plays and coaching decisions in particular from Tuesday’s contest that stood out to them.
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