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Podcast: Could the Lakers actually fall to a play-in spot?

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Short answer: no.

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When LeBron James and Anthony Davis first went down with their respective injuries, there was a lot of talk about the Los Angeles Lakers potentially falling to a play-in spot or the playoffs altogether and, to some extent, it was justified, at least at first. In their first three games without James and Davis, they went 0-3 with losses to Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers.

However, since that losing streak, they haven’t lost consecutive games without James and Davis and they’ve scrapped out wins against the Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz. In total, they’ve gone 7-8 without James and Davis this season.

And yet, the play-in talk has persisted. Why? Christian and Jacob try to figure out the answer on this week’s episode of “Can U Dig It?”

But first, the guys recap the Lakers’ 127-115 win over the No. 1 seed Utah Jazz on Saturday. Were the Jazz severely undermanned? Yes. Did the win still feel good? Also yes.

They then get into Markieff Morris’ comments about the play-in tournament, which sparked a new discussion around the possibility of the Lakers falling further down the standings. The Lakers are currently the No. 5 seed.

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.