Andre Drummond had a disappointing debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. He scored 4 factors on 2-of-6 taking pictures, and regardless of his standing as arguably the NBA‘s finest rebounder, pulled in solely a single board as he struggled to shake off the rust of greater than a month off. The Lakers have been outscored by eight factors in his 14 minutes of play, and after leaving the sport late within the first half, was dominated out after solely a short third-quarter stint on account of a proper massive toe contusion.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel mentioned that Drummond nearly did not return within the second half, however needed to provide it a go. He’s thought of day-to-day and will likely be re-evaluated tomorrow. Following the sport, Drummond revealed that Brook Lopez stepped on his foot within the first quarter, which triggered his toe harm.
If he does must miss any time, the Lakers are happily deep on the middle place. Drummond changed Marc Gasol within the beginning lineup Wednesday, and Gasol didn’t play till the fourth quarter, suggesting that the Lakers have been prepared to stay with Drummond and Montrezl Harrell as their solely massive males had the harm not gotten in the best way. Gasol and Harrell had break up their middle minutes this season, an particularly vital place with Anthony Davis out.
The Lakers are hoping Drummond will help preserve them afloat within the Western Convention playoff race till Davis and LeBron James return from accidents of their very own. They merely can’t afford any extra well being issues, so hopefully, Drummond can get well in time to swimsuit up for the Lakers Friday in opposition to the Sacramento Kings.