The Lakers have played some impactful games on the road trip, but none going forward might be more impactful than Saturday's win over Boston, not because of the final score (though the Lakers were happy to break a two game losing streak) but rather who Frank Vogel had on the floor during those 48 minutes.
That's where we start (4:45) in the latest edition of the Land O'Lakers podcast. Who was in, who was out, and what does it mean going forward? Does THT really squeeze Wes Matthews out of the rotation? Has Kyle Kuzma helped make Markieff Morris unnecessary? Or are these guys just not playing well enough to deserve time over Horton-Tucker, even if he's only 20? Something to watch for sure.
12:30 - How much leeway does THT get going forward? He brings a skill set the team definitely needs.
15:45 - Alex Caruso has clearly established himself as a guy who will play in virtually every closing lineup. In Boston, when Montrezl Harrell was having a good game and Vogel kept him on the floor was Kentavious Caldwell Pope, not Caruso. There's a lot of angst among Lakers fans regarding Caruso's minutes, but this should show people may not need to worry so much.
23:00 - One guy who won't be squeezed? Kyle Kuzma. Once again, his role has been re-invented, and this year he seems to be thriving. More than last year. And if the perimeter shooting - 38 percent as the week begins from 3-point range - he has an entirely new influence on the team.
27:30 - Man, did Klay Thompson and Draymond Green go off on Detroit's Rodney McGruder!
34:00 - Subway is being sued by people saying their tuna salad is not actually made from tuna. Like, literally none. Granted, the suit doesn't actually say what actually IS in the tuna salad, but it nonetheless raises the question, how far away from actual tuna would you be ok with, here?