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The Lakers rallied late to beat the Pacers, coming out on top after an uneven game where their effort and energy level was not as good as Indiana's. Pete and Darius discuss the game, how Patrick Beverley's defense was critical to the team's 4th quarter push, LeBron and Anthony Davis taking over late, and much more. Later, the guys discuss the pendi…
 
Trade rumors have swirled around the Lakers since the beginning of the offseason, and now the trade deadline is just one week away. The guys discuss how their views on trades have changed since the offseason, how the team’s cap space this summer has changed with the acquisition of Rui Hachimura, and the ultimate goal of a 9-man playoff rotation. Le…
 
The Lakers beat the Knicks on Monday night in a game that both frustrated and illuminated some important ideas about what direction this team can go in. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the win in New York by digging into Russ' strong overtime, the big starting lineup and how Troy Brown's play as a bigger guard brought his role into greater focus. Th…
 
The Lakers struggled on offense vs the Brooklyn Nets without LeBron & AD. Pete & Mike discuss how the team can get bogged down against switching defenses, and how being more intentional with their post offense can allow them to attack in a different way. Then, they take a look at the Western Conference standings and have a big picture discussion on…
 
Another missed call at the end of regulation led to a Lakers OT loss in Boston on Saturday, continuing a pattern of obvious, late-game officiating mistakes. The guys vent about the refs before turning their attention to the team’s more self-inflicted struggles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Mike and special guest Mychal Thompson sit down in Trudell's Boston hotel room to discuss Mychal's memories of playing - and beating - the Celtics, the greatness of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as LeBron closes in on the scoring title, why Mychal microwaves fish, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
The Lakers won a mostly poorly played game against the Spurs on Wednesday night, but the bigger news was Anthony Davis returning to the lineup after missing the last 20 games with his foot injury and Rui Hachimura making his Lakers debut. From the immediate impact AD had on the Lakers defense to Rui's ability to shoot over the top to some of the ro…
 
The Clippers once again beat the Lakers with a dominant shooting performance, controlling the game from the beginning. The guys discuss why the Lakers’ base defense is vulnerable to jump shooting, the potential return of AD and debut of Rui Hachimura vs the Spurs, and why tonight’s starting lineup will be an indication of the team’s direction going…
 
The Lakers have an 8-9 record since Anthony Davis went down, finding ways to tread water and stay in the hunt for a low-end playoff spot in the process. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how they've done it, the importance of the LeBron and Russell Westbrook duo during this stretch, what it means as the team gets healthier in the coming weeks, and how…
 
In the aftermath of another hard fought Lakers' loss, Mike and Darius look at the Western Conference standings through the lens of risers and fallers over the last 15 games, and how that might impact who the buyers and sellers are at the trade deadline. From OKC and Utah to Phoenix and the Clippers, the guys look at injuries and player availability…
 
After starting the season 2-10 the Lakers have quietly been one of the best offenses in the league. A key driver of their success has been their pick-and-roll heavy attack led by multiple combinations of both ball-handlers and screeners. From Russell Westbrook's passing and ability to play in a crowd to LeBron's dual threat as both a screener and a…
 
The Lakers snapped their 3-game losing streak with a win over Houston in a game without much defense. The guys discuss the balance between LeBron’s rhythm and rest, Thomas Bryant’s defensive struggles, and Wenyen Gabriel’s growing role. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
In a game it feels like we've seen many times before, the Lakers lost in crunch-time when they weren't able to convert on their final offensive possession. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss the recurring themes of these losses, focusing on Russell Westbrook's role, how much injury and skill-player absences matter, and whether additional shooting would…
 
The Lakers lost a heartbreaker of a game in double OT to the Mavs on Thursday night. Pete, Mike, and Darius react to Luka's big shots, LeBron's (and the team's) crunchtime struggles, the Mavs' defensive approach and the resulting Lakers shooting woes, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
The Lakers have lost several games this season because their closing lineup struggled to close out the other team and a big path to improving in the team's final 41 games will come down to making strides with the closing group. Pete and Darius discuss some of the team's issues closing out games, Russ' role in helping and hurting those groups, and w…
 
Have you been surprised by LeBron's level of play so far this season? How have the Western Conference standings impacted your outlook on the Lakers being able to get to the playoffs and make a run if they do get there? After starting out horribly, the Lakers outside shooting has normalized -- but do they still need one high level shooter to push th…
 
The Lakers reached the halfway point of the season with a 19-22 record through 41 games. Pete and Darius reflect on what they've learned about the team, what's different than they thought it would be, how they value some of the role players on the roster, and what they think the needs are moving forward to build on the identity and improvements the…
 
The Lakers won in convincing fashion vs Atlanta and again in a shootout in Sacramento this weekend, and when the dust settled they had a 5-game winning streak and just a game back of the 6th seed. Pete and Mike discuss the fast-paced, high motor style that’s becoming the team's identity, the invaluable contributions of Dennis, Russ, and TB, and the…
 
The Lakers are dealing with injury issues heading into a weekend back-to-back against the Hawks and the Kings. Pete, Mike, and Darius discuss how the injuries impact the lineup decisions Darvin Ham will have to make, what they expect from LeBron in his return to the lineup, and get into some of the details of the matchup vs. the Hawks. Learn more a…
 
A shorthanded Lakers team beat the Heat for one of their best wins of the season Wednesday night. Pete, Darius, and Mike discuss the game, focusing on Dennis Schröder's big night, Thomas Bryant's resilience and his big 4th quarter, and why the mentality and makeup of this group of players is proving so endearing to fans. Learn more about your ad ch…
 
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