Is Darvin Ham to Blame for the Lakers Being Down 0-3 vs. Denver? Should he Bench D'Angelo Russell?
It took a few minutes, but Darvin Ham had finally seemed to build up a little bit of goodwill with Lakers fans through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Well, a big chunk of that has been eaten away by the results of the first three games of the team's Western Conference Finals series against Denver. Facing an 0-3 hole and the chances of getting swept tonight at the Crypt in Game 4, scrutiny has again returned in a big way.
Is Darvin making the right moves?
Is he pushing the right buttons?
Is he pulling the right levers?
The answers to questions like these really depend on your view of the roster as a whole, and how the Lakers match up against a very, very good Denver team.
At the core of these discussions is D'Angelo Russell, who has been horrible through the first three games of this series. Most fans want him benched, if not yanked from the rotation. Ham shortened his minutes considerably in Game 3, but Russell still got 20 minutes of burn. Is that too much? Is it malpractice? Our answer might not be that popular.
Meanwhile, many fans are calling for Ham to start bringing in guys like Troy Brown, Max Christie, and even dusting off Malik Beasley to see if shots will fall. But are those aren't really adjustments so much as dart throws. Is it time to throw darts, though? And really, is the overarching problem Ham, or too many guys in a shortening rotation who aren't playing well enough?
HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky
SEGMENT 1: Is Darvin mucking up this series?
SEGMENT 2: Can the Lakers bench Russell? Should they?
SEGMENT 3: What else is Darvin doing/not doing? Is he the issue, or are players just not performing?
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