After another disappointing loss, this time to a short-handed Raptors team last night, the Lakers got some more bad news. According to Shams Charania, analyst for the Athletic, Dennis Schroder is expected to miss 10-14 days due to health and safety protocols. It’s been a tough season already for the Lakers who have had to deal with multiple injuries as well as lineups because of players being in and out of games. The Lakers have had to adjust their play when James and Davis were out, and now with them being back, its seems as though the chemistry is not there.
Lakers guard Dennis Schroder is expected to miss 10-to-14 days due to health and safety protocols, sources tell me and @billoram. Schroder entered protocols on Sunday.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 3, 2021
The team is definitely in a tough spot as both James and Davis are returning when the season is close to being done. Trying to get as much playing time together is essential for their chemistry. Now with Schroder being out for maybe the rest of the regular season, the Lakers are forced to play with what they have. The talent that they have is there, but the sense of urgency has been lacking. In yesterday’s game, LeBron James left early due to some soreness in his right ankle. Anthony Davis, who struggled before his injury does not look like the Davis of old. He’s also struggled after coming back from his injury which set him back almost two months. Both are still trying to get used to their new teammates in Andre Drummond and Ben McLemore who recently joined. The Lakers only have 8 games remaining, including tonight when the play the tough Denver Nuggets. Their remaining schedule won’t be an easy one as they will play some really good teams.
It might be well suited for the Lakers to rest James for the next couple of games to try and get him as healthy as possible if the Lakers end up playing in the ‘play-in’ game just to get in the playoffs. They will likely just need a couple of wins to stay afloat. The road in trying to repeat is going to be beyond tough with a team that doesn’t look like they’re on the same page. All the Lakers can do is play through it, try to get everyone as healthy as possible and see where that takes them.