The Los Angeles Lakers have been able to get by without having a go-to third option on their roster for most of the season, but the Denver Nuggets showed the value in having a third option in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Three different Nuggets players finished Tuesday night’s game with at least 20 points: their two stars Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, and Jerami Grant, who scored 26 points on 7-11 shooting from the field, including 2-5 shooting from behind the arc. Now, Grant obviously hasn’t been that player for them on a consistent basis — if he had been, they’re probably be leading the series — but his teammates seem trust him more than the Lakers seem to trust anyone outside of their superstar tandem of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Kyle Kuzma was supposed to be that third option to James and Davis, but his role changed as the season went on. To his credit, he adapted to that well better than most young players in his situation would, but if the Lakers are going to reach their ceiling, they need him to offer a little more than he has in the postseason.
On today’s episode of the Silver Screen & Roll podcast, Christian and Anthony talked about Kuzma’s development, what’s been missing from his game and his fit next to Rajon Rondo in the second unit. They also talked about the changes the Lakers could make ahead of Game 4.
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