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Podcast: How can the Lakers improve in Game 2?

The Lakers would obviously benefit from seeing a few 3-pointers fall, but there are a few other things they can improve upon in Game 2.

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A little less than 24 hours removed from the Los Angeles Lakers opening the playoffs with a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, the shock still hasn’t worn off. As is the case with any playoff game, there were plenty of takeaways, mostly negative, from the defeat.

On today’s podcast, Jacob and Anthony dive into the game and look to see where things went wrong for the Lakers aside from the obvious in their poor shooting.

The team is due for some upwards regression to the mean after a string of poor shooting performances in the bubble, but will that come before the team exits the playoffs? After missing open 3-pointers as well as put-backs, do the Lakers need to change their offense, or is it simply a matter of making the shots they’re taking? Anthony and Jacob had some theories.

It also may be time to change the team’s starting lineup considering how much JaVale McGee continues to struggle. Jacob and Anthony look at the possibilities with the rotation moving forward, ranging from starting lineup changes that include benching McGee, to whether new addition Dion Waiters should see more minutes after not playing at all in the first game of the first-round series.

Plus, with Rajon Rondo expected to return from his thumb injury and rehab as soon as Game 2 in this series, where does he factor into the rotation? Anthony and Jacob discussed all of that and more in today’s episode of the Silver Screen and Roll podcast.

You can listen to the full episode below, and to make sure you never miss a single one moving forward, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @AnthonyIrwinLA, and Jacob at @JacobRude.