How bad have things become for L.A.? They”re now down 0-2 to the Spurs after , and compared to the aftermath, that”s the good news.
Lakers injuries are piling up like cars on the 110 during rush hour. Thursday, they announced an in-game hamstring pull suffered by Steve Blake will leave him indefinitely sidelined. Additionally, Steve Nash, after re-aggravating his recent hamstring problem is doubtful for Friday”s Game 3. Ditto Jodie Meeks, whose Game 1 ankle sprain prevented him from participating Wednesday. As we joked in a previous podcast, this is been the basketball version of ”Final Destination.” Scarily — or perhaps mercifully — we”re running out of characters to maim.
But even with bodies dropping left and right, the show must go on. Among the talking points:
- With the guard tandem now down to Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock and perhaps a converted-on-the-fly Robert Sacre, is there any possible way for the Lakers to remain competitive?
- As bad as things have gotten, can the season at least be appreciated for the team-wide grit displayed down the stretch?
- Armed with new information, we revisit a subject bandied about before: Would it have been better to simply miss the playoffs altogether?
- With Mike Brown back for a second tour as the Cavs” head coach, the Lakers now owe him less money, making it (for many fans, at least) more financially feasible to can Mike D”Antoni and rehire Phil Jackson. But on a few levels, is The Zen Master a realistic option?
- If that”s not doable, what about a different coach, but PJ joining Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak in the front office?
- Applications are being taken for one-way tickets to Mars in 2022. Who is the prime demographic applying for the expedition?