With a 116-108 victory over the Utah Jazz that was more dominant than the final score indicates, Anthony Davis, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers locked up the top seed in the Western Conference for the first time in a decade.
Davis came up huge in the game, dropping 42 points and 12 rebounds in an absolute demolishing of two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. It was hard not to view the game as a statement from Davis on where he sees his place in the league’s defensive big man hierarchy, and rankings of big men in general.
On the Silver Screen and Roll postgame podcast, host Anthony Irwin was joined by SSR’s own Harrison Faigen to break down Davis’ incredible game (and year), as well as their other takeaways from the evening. They discussed Dion Waiter’s continuing value to the Lakers, what the team is going to have to do at the big man spots once they get to the playoffs, and how Frank Vogel fits into the Coach of the Year picture.
Finally, because it’s been so long since the Lakers were good, Harrison and Anthony ended the show by sharing their favorite random memories from the bad Lakers years that this team has firmly placed in the rearview mirror, and we’d love to hear about yours as well, so let us know in the comments below. The tanking days may be gone, but those of us that stuck around this community for all that bad basketball will be forever bonded.
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