Heading into their matchup with the Phoenix Suns on Monday night, the already-shorthanded Lakers were dealt a couple more blows in a season full of them, and then they took one more when the 114-104 final score came down.
First, with Anthony Davis already out, Marc Gasol was forced to sit out due to the NBA’s coronavirus-related health and safety protocols (the team doesn’t yet know when he’ll be back, and details are scant). Then, shortly before tip-off, Kyle Kuzma was declared unavailable as well due to a right heel contusion that locked up on him during warmups. And then to make matters worse, Alex Caruso would later leave the game after experiencing neck spasms.
Despite all that, the Lakers were still able to hang around for a majority of the night against a Suns team that mostly had them outgunned, but ultimately fell to both the math game behind Phoenix’s 22 made threes, and their own slim options on the bench with three rotation players out. So in a game that was ultimately riddled with caveats, was there anything worth taking away?
On this week’s edition of “Talk-O Tuesday” — a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll — our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla tried to figure that out.
First, Alex and Alex recapped the team’s loss to Phoenix, then discussed Frank Vogel’s rotation choices and the team’s cold shooting before wrapping up with a discussion about whether the Lakers’ ailments will ultimately be completely fixed once everyone is fully healthy.
You can listen to all that and more on the full episode below, and to make sure you never miss a show, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.