After a seven-year rebuilding period and one of the most difficult and bizarre seasons in recent memory, the Los Angeles Lakers are officially tops in the Western Conference for the first time the 2009-10 season, the same season they won their last championship.
The Lakers clinched the top seed in the conference with their victory over the Utah Jazz Monday night, behind yet another monster outing by Anthony Davis. Although their upcoming slate of regular season games from here on out technically no longer “matter,” there are still a few small kinks the team should try to iron out, which brings us to today’s episode of the Silver Screen and Roll podcast.
On this week’s edition of Talk-O-Tuesday, our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla spend the majority of the show discussing what they would like to see the team’s coaching staff address in these five final tune up games before the playoffs, including, but not limited to, the starting lineup woes, the rotation and the team’s inconsistent 3-point shooting. Since the season’s restart, the starting lineup of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee has posted a net rating of -27, and shot 21.1% from 3-point range.
Suffice to say, there’s plenty of room for improvement for the starters.
Alex and Alex also discussed the hypothetical question of whether or not fans would accept the trade off of the team winning a championship this year, but the cost being that Anthony Davis leaves in free agency. You know, fun stuff!