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Podcast: How much can we learn from the Lakers when they’re not even trying?

The Lakers didn’t give it their all against San Antonio, a common thread in their recent games.

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The Lakers had a game against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday. It didn’t go as well as it could have, and it raises an interesting question of what can actually be gleaned from games when the Lakers are not giving their best effort.

On this postgame episode of the Silver Screen & Roll podcast, your hosts Jas Kang and Sabreena Merchant were skeptical about how much of this game is actually predictive of future Lakers performances, given the team’s clear disinterest in the first half and the fact that they were playing the same opponent for the third time in a week, which gave the Spurs additional motivation to secure at least one win.

Nevertheless, they have some takeaways, starting with the return of Alex Caruso. Caruso looked like he hadn’t missed a beat in his return to the lineup, giving the Lakers a needed dose of bench energy that no one else is consistently providing at this point in the season. They also discussed the recent downturn of Dennis Schröder, at least from a shooting perspective, and how the eventual return of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could shake things up in the guard rotation.

Finally, they hit on some general NBA topics, including where the Lakers stand in the Western Conference after the first few weeks of the season. Jas is a little more generous with how many contenders exist for the West throne than Sabreena, and they went over their reasons why. They also make predictions for the next nine games on the Lakers’ schedule.

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

You can follow your hosts on Twitter at @jaskang21 and @sabreenajm.