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‘Heat Check’: Turbulent Lakers, Triumphant Raptors, and Tampering in L.A.

Plus: eccentric news stories and regrettable choices by players named Paul

Lonzo Ball talking to Luke Walton Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez unpack the drama surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers (0:58), evaluate the updated All-Star voting process (8:52), project the impact of players returning to action (14:38), and wonder if the Toronto Raptors could contend with the top-tier teams (20:24). Then they discuss some regrettable choices by players named Paul (24:49), react to eccentric news stories in basketball (30:47), and preview this week’s slate of games (34:01).

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