The Lakers picked up another win Sunday in Houston, dominating the Rockets on both sides of the ball to run their record to 11-3. After a quick breakdown - including some speculation on the future of James Harden - we look at some early season surprises for the Lakers, 11 games in. For starters, there's the emergence of a mid-range game with Montrezl Harrell, something that definitely wasn't a thing last season with the Clippers. Is it real? Trezz says so, but he might be biased.
Then there's the emergence of Talen Horton-Tucker as a legit NBA rotation player. Yes, it was hinted at in the Orlando bubble and during the preseason, but you never know how things will go once real games start and a young player ends up on another team's scouting reports. Early returns appear strong, and that's a great boost for the Lakers.
From there, we look at questions and curiosities. What trends are most interesting, from the size of Frank Vogel's rotation to the sustainability of the outside shooting to the LeBron James Maintenance Plan.
Finally, it's mailbag time! Who is the true A.D. in L.A.? What player from last year's team are the Lakers most likely to miss? And aside from Goodfellas, what's your favorite Scorsese movie?