Despite a spirited comeback in the second half and the exhilaration of a LeBron James at center lineup, this game was never really competitive after the first few minutes once Devin Booker and Suns brought the hammer down. As a result, on this episode of “The Lakers Lounge” podcast, Harrison and Sabreena spend most of the time giving a post-mortem for the season as a whole rather than focusing on the end. In fact, it’s quite possible they neglected to mention the score of the game during the entire show!
But this season has really been a cascade of blows, one after another, that created a sense of inevitability when the Lakers took the floor Thursday night. This was not the Lakers’ year, and Harrison and Sabreena discuss all the reasons why the team could never get its footing despite entering as the defending champions with a reloaded roster.
They also identified three specific decisions that the front office made to put the Lakers in this position, and evaluate how those moves look with the benefit of hindsight. In fairness, Harrison and Sabreena were saying some of these things in the moment, but they have some more analysis to add now that the season is over.
This isn’t the most upbeat episode of the Silver Screen & Roll podcast, but we’re mourning a season here. Some venting is to be expected. Hopefully, it’s as cathartic of a listen as it was to record.
You can follow your hosts at @hmfaigen and @sabreenajm. 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.