Although it was ultimately just for a single win against one of the youngest (read: worst) teams in the league, there was still plenty to discuss from the Lakers’ perspective coming out of Sunday’s victory over the Houston Rockets.
One of the most prominent stories of the contest was Anthony Davis starting at center. The position change was likely largely due to Dwight Howard’s absence, but it did the provide what many have clamored for from Davis when it comes to his slotting in the starting lineup. The benefits were almost immediate, as the spacing of the team’s half-court offense looked much improved, and the defense felt noticeably more engaged than it did with Davis at power forward.
Perhaps an even bigger story however was the continued impressive play, and hot shooting, of Carmelo Anthony. On the season, Anthony is canning over half of his 3-point attempts, and drained five more in the team’s win. Anthony’s strong play to start the year has arguably been one of, if not the brightest spot on the squad thus far. But whether he can continue at this rate remains to be seen, 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’ win over the Rockets, Anthony’s hot start and discussed how drastic the rotation may change with Talen Horton-Tucker and Wayne Ellington’s returns on the horizon.
And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.