The Los Angeles Lakers got absolutely clobbered by the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday — there’s no other way to put it. But how much did that game actually teach us about how both teams match up with each other? On today’s episode of “I Love Basketball” — a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll — our hosts Sabreena Merchant and Christian Rivas tried to answer.
First, Christian and Sabreena broke down the Lakers’ 109-98 loss to the Nets on Thursday, and where Los Angeles went wrong in their first matchup of the season of the season with Brooklyn. Spoiler alert: leaving Joe Harris open is not a recipe for success when you don’t have Dennis Schröder or Anthony Davis to lean on. That will be especially true when Kevin Durant is healthy (he, like Davis and Schröder, did not play on Thursday night).
After that, they talked about the Lakers’ 3-point shooting, or lack thereof. Against the Nets, the Lakers shot 8-30 from behind the 3-point line. In their last 10 games, they’ve shot below 30% from behind the arc four times. Is their lackluster shooting a result of tired legs on the team, or can these guys actually not shoot? And if it’s the latter, is it essential that the Lakers address it before the trade deadline? Or at least on the buyout market?
Finally, they closed the show by talking about the James’ history-making day, despite the loss, which was highlighted by him being named an All-Star captain. Who should his first pick be?