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Podcast: What went wrong for the Lakers in Game 1?

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The Lakers made plenty of mistakes in Game 1 and the Suns made them pay for them.

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In Game 1 of their series with the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers fell behind by double digits like they did in their play-in game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Unfortunately, they needed more than an awe-inspiring shot from LeBron James to save them on Sunday.

In what was supposed to be a rare instance in which the No. 2 seed and No. 7 seed were evenly-matched, both teams looked like they earned their places in the Western Conference, which is just to say that the Suns drastically outplayed the Lakers. For a team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, that’s not exactly what you want.

On today’s episode of “Can U Dig It?” Christian and Jacob recapped the Lakers’ 99-90 loss to the Suns and the factors that went into it, including Davis’ lackluster performance, the Lakers’ abysmal transition defense and the adjustments that Frank Vogel did and didn’t make.

They then looked ahead to the things that the Lakers need to do in order to bounce back in Game 2. While there are definitely adjustments that Vogel can make to his rotation, things will ultimately come down to the Lakers making their shots and playing with better energy than they did on Sunday.

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.

For a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown with @AnthonyIrwinLA, in which he recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning.