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Podcast: Setting expectations for the second half of the season

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The Lakers have more questions surrounding the team than they had around this time last year. Is that a problem?

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Brooklyn Nets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 109-98 during a NBA basketball game.

Thursday night was the 2021 NBA All-Star Draft, which saw LeBron James form another dominant team headlined by two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo — the player he’s picked opposite of in each of the last two seasons — and two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who he went head-to-head with in for consecutive NBA Finals but has never shared an All-Star team with. Sunday should be fun.

However, Thursday was also the last night of the first half of the NBA regular season, meaning the Lakers will officially go into the second half of the season as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference after the LA Clippers fell to the Washington Wizards on Thursday. The Lakers haven’t seemed particularly worried about their place in the Western Conference playoff picture so far, but that could change in the second half of the season, when playoff spots will start to be locked in.

On today’s episode of “The 30,” Jas and Christian set their expectations for the second half of the season starting with Anthony Davis. Will Davis be able to leave his injury-related on-court struggles in the first half of the season or is Achilles tendinosis just something he’ll have to play through?

They also talk about the teams that emerged as legitimate title contenders in the first half of the season, including the Brooklyn Nets, who hold the same record as the Lakers.

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

You can follow Christian on Twitter at @RadRivas, and Jas at @jaskang21.