Tied in what was a competitive series, and heading into a pivotal Game 5 in the desert, the Los Angeles Lakers simply failed to show up, as the Phoenix Suns jumped out to a 30-point lead in the first half and never looked back.
After a brief glimmer of hope that was sparked by a Markieff Morris 3-pointer to open the game, the Suns thoroughly thrashed the reigning champs the rest of the way en route to securing a 3-2 series lead.
To be clear, the series is not over. Anthony Davis, who was ruled out just minutes before the game, may return in Game Six. The team will also be back on their own home court and away from the boisterous Arizona faithful. So not all things are lost.
But, the type of effort showed on Tuesday night, combined with an aimless offense and toothless defense, have created an environment in which the Suns’ confidence is sky high. If the Lakers want to extend this series, they’ll have to seriously adjust their approach both mentally and physically.
The Lakers will have to work and play much harder to wrestle back the reins of the series. Which brings us to today’s episode.
On this week’s edition of “Talk-O Tuesday,” our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla recap the deflating loss to the Suns and talk about what has to be improved upon in order to extend their season. They then have a discussion on Dennis Schröder.
And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which I recap 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.