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Podcast: The Lakers need this All-Star break

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In the long run, it may have been good for the Lakers to throw out their B-team for one night.

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Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

The Lakers finally completed the first half of their schedule on Wednesday — or about two-thirds of the team did — in Sacramento. They lost to the Kings in a surprisingly competitive contest considering they were playing without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol, and Alex Caruso, but it might not have been such a bad thing to see the Lakers bench get some run.

On the latest episode of “I Love Basketball”, a Silver Screen & Roll podcast, Anthony Irwin and Sabreena Merchant got into the benefits of the Lakers’ depth players seeing significant minutes. They commented on what they saw out of Damian Jones, Alfonzo McKinnie, and Jared Dudley, specifically the things that don’t show up in a box score.

Anthony and Sabreena couldn’t help but spend some time talking about the comical reffing decisions that took place in this game, but they tried to limit their focus to the basketball itself. They also comment on how the circumstances of this particular season make it challenging for the bench players to showcase their skills, though they’re still needed for the Lakers to be as successful as they want to be.

Finally, with the 2021 All-Star Game approaching, Anthony and Sabreena reminisce about their favorite Lakers All-Star memories, in particular the enduring legacy of Kobe Bryant at this time of the year.

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.

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