Well, that was stressful. With their 109-102 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers tied up their first-round series in dramatic fashion, and also took back home court advantage in this round of the NBA playoffs.
Although the closing frame was closer than the team would have hoped for, there were plenty of improvements from different players all over the court — as well as changes made to the rotation and gameplan overall — that helped put the Lakers over the top.
But with a pivotal Game 3 coming on Thursday, there are still areas that are ripe for improvement. There are also successful aspects that will need to carry over So on this week’s edition of “Talk-O Tuesday,” our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla recapped the thrilling win over Phoenix, Anthony Davis’ bounce back game, Frank Vogel’s decision-making with the front court, and then broke down things they want to see get better as the series continues.
Can the Lakers rely on those Davis-at-center minutes moving forward? Did we start to see LeBron James get his legs back? Will Marc Gasol continue to get opportunities? How different does this series look with Chris Paul clearly hobbled and unable to really play down the stretch of a close game?
The guys attempted to answer those questions and then some as they looked ahead in what has already been a thrilling series.
And 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 on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.