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Podcast: How much closer did the James Harden trade get the Nets to the Lakers?

The Nets added another star, but are they actual threats to the reigning champions?

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The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-99 on Wednesday, which marked their fourth consecutive win and their seventh consecutive win away from Staples Center. Their seven-game winning streak on the road is a franchise record for the them, and the best start any team has had on the road since the San Antonio Spurs’ 13-0 run during the 2016-17 season.

And yet, that wasn’t the biggest story in the NBA on Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, James Harden was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets, which means the Nets now have a superstar trio of Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Harden has led the NBA in scoring in each of the last four seasons.

On today’s podcast, our hosts Christian and Anthony discussed how much closer the trade got the Nets to the Lakers in the NBA title race, if at all. The Nets have three premier scorers in Harden, Irving and Durant, and a 3-point sniper in Joe Harris, but do they have what it takes to compete on the defensive end? Like, who guards LeBron James and Anthony Davis?

The guys also recap the Lakers’ win, and the positive trends they saw in the three-game road trip.

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

You can also follow Christian on Twitter at @RadRivas, and Anthony at @AnthonyIrwinLA.

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