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Can the Lakers even salvage this season at the trade deadline?

A terrible loss to Portland suggests the Lakers are cooked no matter what happens at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday.

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Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images

The Lakers keep finding ways to embarrass themselves even further this season.

A night after getting waxed by the defending champs — and conceding postgame to not being on the same level as the Milwaukee Bucks — the Lakers added another depressing chapter to what has been a catastrophic season, losing 107-105 to a Portland Trail Blazers team featuring some truly unrecognizable names, even to the most passionate NBA fans.

On this week’s episode of “I Love Basketball”, Sabreena Merchant and Raj Chipalu tried to find some of the redeeming qualities in what was objectively a terrible loss, focusing on the continued growth of Austin Reaves and Stanley Johnson, Trevor Ariza maybe having a pulse again, and an unexpected and enjoyable cameo from Wayne Ellington.

From there, they then moved onto some trade deadline predictions and how Talen Horton-Tucker acquitted himself in what very well may have been his final game in a Lakers uniform. His tenure as a Laker is certainly an interesting one that will be absolutely fascinating to look back on one day, even if it doesn’t end tomorrow.

They also made some predictions about what this roster will look like after the 2022 offseason, and Raj had a surprising answer to an over-under set by Sabreena.

To keep up with all the latest reports before the deadline, check out our 2022 Lakers trade rumors tracker. You can listen to the full episode below, and to make sure you never miss a show, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin 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.