It took a long time for the Lakers to return to the postseason, and for the first few minutes of Game 1 Tuesday, they still hadn’t, falling behind big to the TrailBlazers before coming back… at least temporarily. In the end, the Lakers fell down 1-0 to Portland in their first round matchup, injecting a very healthy dose of fear into the fanbase ahead of Thursday’s Game 2.
LeBron James wasn’t perfect, but put up a historic line nonetheless. Anthony Davis, despite decent numbers (28/11, with two steals and two blocks), wasn’t nearly good enough.
He wasn’t alone. James received precious little support, and as a team the bubble shooting woes continued in a huge way. The Lakers shot 35.1% from the floor, and 15.6% from three.
So what was the root cause, and can it be fixed before Thursday evening? Andy and Brian break it all down. (Note: The show was broadcast live to Twitter, Periscope, and Facebook Live.)