Lakers, Explained: Time to hit the panic button?


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The Lakers have lost four games in a row, with their 114-89 embarrassment against the Utah Jazz basically being two and a half quarters of garbage time following a mostly competitive first frame. Yes, Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder have missed time, but this team shouldn’t be this bad, should it?

That’s the question we tried to answer on our latest episode of the Silver Screen and Roll postgame show. Hosts Harrison Faigen and Anthony Irwin started out the show with the caveat that this loss was basically the same story as the last several, and that trying to glean any new analysis from it was basically an exercise in futility. What continued, however, were a few trends that have plagued the Lakers’ all season: Their horrible 3-point shooting, and their recent issue of allowing their opponents to hit too many threes of their own.

Are either of those things reason for concern moving forward? To some degree yes, but Harrison also provided some context on last year’s team, and how this isn’t actually that big of a drop from the defending champs’ previous 3-point shooting woes.

After discussing all that, Harrison and Anthony dove into the Lakers’ second-half schedule, and how tough of a slate they have coming up to round out their run to the playoffs. A run that will all come while the team is as tired as ever, and facing eight back-to-backs over their final 35 games to boot. Finally, they wrapped up the show with a plea for LeBron to consider taking it easy if things keep going this way, and for the team to make sure he stays healthy for the playoffs.

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