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Anthony Davis is back, Stanley Johnson started, Trevor Ariza didn't play, and the Lakers beat the Nets by keeping them at arm's length most of the night. Pete and Darius discuss the events of Tuesday night, drilling down into what stood out to them in AD's return and why his defensive performance is exactly what the Lakers needed from him. Later, t…
 
Anthony Davis is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday night when the Lakers face off against the Nets in Brooklyn. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss what to expect from AD in his return, how the Lakers can integrate him into the lineup defensively, some of the lineup combinations they're most interested in seeing with him back, and why what the…
 
The Lakers split a pair of games over the weekend, beating the Magic on Friday while losing to the Heat on Sunday. In both games, however, a consistent theme was the struggles of the current starting lineup. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss this new group of starters, their status as a placeholder group until Anthony Davis returns, and why Trevor Ari…
 
It wouldn't be the Lakers if there weren't some drama too. This was true when Dr. Buss bought the team and it remains true today. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the team's history of managing the spotlight and accepting the drama that comes with playing for the Lakers and in Los Angeles, and also the benefits that come with it too. Learn more about…
 
As has been all too common this season, the Lakers lost another game down the stretch -- this time against the Pacers and a red-hot shooting Caris LeVert who nearly outscored the entire Lakers team in the 4th quarter by himself. Pete and Darius discuss the game, using it as a microcosm for some of the Lakers larger issues and how the misalignment o…
 
The Lakers had one of their best wins of the year on Monday night, beating the Jazz with a combination of defensive execution and timely offense down the stretch. From Stanley Johnson's big night to LeBron's balanced floor game to some key lineup and tactical shifts from Frank Vogel and the coaching staff, Pete, Mike, and Darius breakdown the game …
 
The Lakers suffered a blowout loss to the Nuggets on Saturday and a day later LeBron James sent out a tweet apologizing to the fans and saying that they'll be better. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the loss to the Nuggets, but also LeBron's tweet and debate whether it's realistic to expect this version of the team to be better considering the talen…
 
In their loss to the Kings on Wednesday, some of the Lakers worst traits as a team were put on display. Pete, Mike, and Darius dissect the disappointing loss and explain where their concerns are and why the circumstances surrounding this game put an added level of importance on the team's resolve and resiliency heading into this next stretch of gam…
 
What is Russell Westbrook's ideal role on this version of the Lakers? How aggressive does he need to be? What should the team be doing to help him thrive on offense? Does that change when Anthony Davis comes back? Due to injuries and COVID absences, the first half of the season hasn't been as informative as we'd have liked, but we have a better ide…
 
The Lakers have hit the halfway point of the regular season, so there's no better time to reflect on what has happened to this point in the year, how much we do and do not know about this team, and where we think they're headed. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss some of their big picture takeaways through the halfway point -- from the injuries to the …
 
The Lakers were mauled by the Grizzlies on Sunday night, showing both how good Memphis is as a team and how their specific personnel served as an antidote to many of the things the Lakers had been doing well in their win streak. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the limitations of the Lakers small-ball approach and how the team's sloppy execution did …
 
With the Lakers playing more "microball" lineups that feature Russell Westbrook, should we worry they'll suffer the same fate as the 2019-20 Rockets? How much does this Lakers' season remind you of the cursed 2012-13 one? Where will Kendrick Nunn's minutes come from when he returns from injury? How does Anthony Davis fit into this new style of play…
 
As the Lakers embrace small-ball and centerless lineups, where does Dwight Howard fit into the rotation? And after playing very well in his last two appearances, should the Lakers try to find a consistent role for him? Pete, Mike, and Darius evaluate Dwight at this stage of his career, discuss why he's still a useful player on a team that's skewing…
 
LeBron James and Malik Monk came up huge down the stretch of the 4th quarter in a come from behind win over the Kings on Tuesday night, giving the Lakers their 3rd straight win in the process. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the game, focusing on Monk and LeBron's partnership and how Monk's offensive skill set allows him to thrive in the two-man gam…
 
With Stanley Johnson's 10-day contract expiring on Monday and Avery Bradley's contract guarantee date approaching this week, the Lakers have some roster decisions to make. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Johnson's status and whether they expect him back on the team and then they get into Bradley's play of late and whether they'd guarantee his contra…
 
The Lakers were able to grind out a win vs. the Timberwolves on Sunday night, committing to playing their small-ball lineups even when they were struggling defensively and on the backboards. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss Frank Vogel's choice to stay small, the significance of giving these groups a chance to succeed and fail on their merits, and ho…
 
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