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Podcast: How good can the Lakers be when they’re fully healthy?

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The Lakers were good before LeBron James and Anthony Davis got hurt, but they could be even better when James and Davis return.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have done alright without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. In fact, in some respects, they’ve been great. For example, over the last 11 games, the Lakers have posted the second-best defensive rating in the NBA behind the Utah Jazz, who have a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in Rudy Gobert on their roster. Makes you think.

But as respectable as the Lakers have looked without James and Davis, they’re nowhere near as good they could be with James and Davis in the lineup. On today’s podcast, Christian and Jacob discuss what the Lakers’ rotation might look like when James and Davis return and how much has changed since they last played together on Feb.

Christian and Jacob try and figure out where a fully-healthy Lakers squad ranks in the NBA and whether are not there are any teams in the Western Conference that could rival them. If the NBA Playoffs started today, the Lakers would play the Denver Nuggets in the first round.

Before they get into any of that, though, they recap the Lakers’ surprising victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday and get into what a series between the two teams could look like down the line.

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

You can also follow Christian on Twitter at @RadRivas, and Jacob at @JacobRude.