The Lakers once again convincingly beat the Trail Blazers on Saturday night to take a 2-1 series lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and at this point, it’s fair to say that they’ve shown enough to assume they’re going to move on, whether they win the next two games, or if Portland extends the series. Their defensive gameplan to slow Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum has been solid, and even though they still have questions to answer, it looks like they’ll at least be moving on to the second round.
That’s a much different position than much of the national analysis painted going into this series, with a lot of it focusing on how much of a PROBLEM [snort emojis] the Blazers would be for the Lakers. For our host Harrison Faigen, the issues is that — given his past history of jinxing Damian Lillard into scoring explosions — he can’t talk about any of that overratedness. So on the latest episode of the Silver Screen and Roll podcast, he brought on Keith Parish of Fastbreak Breakfast to do it for him.
Harrison and Keith started off the show by cracking some jokes about the Pelicans, and discussing Harrison’s regrettable bet to shave his head if this series goes longer than five games. Then they got into the series so far, and how the Lakers and Blazers have looked. And even if Los Angeles has been better than Portland, how much should we be concerned about their at-times mediocre play?
After discussing the series and where the Lakers rank among contenders for a while, they celebrated Kobe Bryant’s birthday and Mamba Day by wrapping up the show by talking about Keith’s favorite memories of Kobe tearing his heart out while watching his favorite teams.
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