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Podcast: Should the Lakers be more worried about health, or their seeding?

With their spot in the standings far from secure but their health situation also tenuous, the Lakers are playing with fire en route to the postseason.

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There was only one way to begin a podcast about the Los Angeles Lakers today: By discussing the news that LeBron James will be out for at least the next two games while he deals with some ankle soreness, and has seen a specialist about the injury.

So that’s exactly where today’s episode of “The 30” — a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll — begins, with hosts Anthony Irwin and Jas Kang discussing the big news before diving into the next logical question it leads to: With the Lakers hanging on to the sixth-seed by a thread, is it more important to avoid the play-in tournament, or get into the postseason as healthy as can be? And with the unprecedented changes to the schedule this season, could the Lakers actually benefit from LeBron and Anthony Davis missing so much time?

Anthony and Jas shared their thoughts on those questions, and talked about why the Lakers are still in a great position going into the playoffs.

Following the break, the guys got into which of the potential play-in teams in the Western Conference pose the biggest threat for the Lakers if they wind up finishing as the No. 7 seed, before finally wrapping up the show by discussing head coach Frank Vogel’s dilemma on what to do at center, and why Marc Gasol, and not Andre Drummond, might be the best option playing the 5 next to Davis when the playoffs roll around.

You can listen to all that and more on the full episode in the player embedded below, and to make sure you don’t 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 Jas on Twitter at @jaskang21, and Anthony at @AnthonyIrwinLA.

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