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Podcast: The Rockets just helped the Lakers find their rhythm

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The Lakers are just way, way better than they’ve played so far, and the Rockets were nice enough to help them show it.

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Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets Photo by Cato Cataldo/NBAE via Getty Images

Heading into their two-game series against the Houston Rockets, the Lakers were not playing their best basketball. They were sleepwalking through the majority of their games, and their defense in particular simply was not up to the level they typically hold themselves to. Or to use Anthony Davis’ terms: It was “s--t.”

But for two games against the Rockets, the team looked every bit as dominant as we remembered them. They flashed their new offensive versatility, the defense was smothering and the contributions felt endless up and down the roster. They now will look to build upon their momentum as they head into another back-to-back, and also against better competition, which brings us to today’s episode.

On this week’s edition of “Talk-O Tuesday,” our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla recapped the Lakers’ 117-100 win over the Rockets that may have put the final nail in the coffin for Houston’s season, the improved defense Los Angeles is playing, and why the Lakers’ chemistry looks to be as strong as ever thanks to a no-look LeBron James’ corner three (and the reasoning for, and reaction to, that shot).

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

You can follow Alex Padilla on Twitter at @alexpadilla86, and Alex Regla at @AlexmRegla, the latter of whom’s “Throwdowns” newsletter you can subscribe to here.