“Do your sh*t, Dennis.”

According to Dennis Schröder, that's how LeBron James encourages the Los Angeles Lakers point guard to keep his foot on the gas — at all times, ideally, regardless of who's on the court.

On Monday against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center, Schröder did his sh*t, once again, driving the Lakers' 114-103 victory that ended a three-game losing skid. Schröder led L.A. in points (21), assists (10), and plus/minus (+23). He scored nine straight Lakers points to ice the game — a la his clutch heroics vs. the Utah Jazz last week.

Inevitably, Schröder's scoring has increased since James got hurt on March 20, from 14.8 to 17.2 PPG (entering Monday). He has raised his 3-point percentage from 31.6% to 40.6% during that span. In the past three contests, he has averaged 20.6 points and 11.0 assists and recorded three double-doubles.

“He’s been playing huge for us since I’ve been back and when I was out,” Anthony Davis said.

Beyond the box score, Schröder has displayed a more advanced feel for the game from the point guard position, and a better understanding of how to curate the action on the court.

“He’s really growing, particularly with his ‘floor general' mentality and running the team,” Frank Vogel said following the Magic win. “10 assists, two turnovers, 21 points, seemed in control and comfortable in the pick-and-roll game, and getting everybody involved, And, obviously he’s an elite defender, too. Great performance by Dennis tonight.”

Schröder has backed up his pledge to clean up his act after a careless night against the New York Knicks. Over the past seven games, he has averaged 8.7 dimes against 1.7 turnovers.

Schröder partially credited his improvement to a certain Lakers assistant who knows a thing or two about playing point guard.

“I gotta take care of the ball. I’ve been careless. … I’ve been talking to [Jason Kidd] a lot, he’s helping me with it. Just being aggressive, try to attack the rim, and then looking for my teammates. I think it opens up for me late in the game as well, as it did today. I set up my teammates early and then I was a little aggressive in the fourth quarter.”

Schröder has been imploring the Hall of Fame floor general to help him read the game flow.

“He's one of the best who ever played this position, point guard. … I told him to talk even more to me and be the guy who’s coming up to me and saying, ‘Dennis look for this' or ‘Dennis look for that' or ‘be more aggressive or ‘look for your teammates.' He knows. He did it for a long time.”

When Davis is back to his dominant self and James returns, the Lakers don't want Schröder to reel in his activity.

“We need him to be the same Dennis,” Davis said. “He’s making the right reads, he’s making great plays, he’s finishing, shooting the ball. … We don’t want him to fall back when Bron comes back, even though Bron does have the ball a lot. But we still want him to push the pace, and get in the paint, attacking, finding seams, finding guys for open shots … making those right passes and those right plays.”

“That's what we’re gonna need from him in order for us to win a championship.”

On Monday, Schröder helped guide the Lakers to a 20-9 advantage in fast-break points, which Vogel cited as a point of emphasis in the game plan.

Overall, his improved playmaking has been one of the shiniest “silver linings” during their star-less stretch.

“Having Bron out, there’s a lot of silver linings, that’s definitely one of them, to see him grow,” Vogel said. “Obviously, when Bron takes the reins back, you’re going to have Dennis as an attacking scorer and comfortable in that situation as well. And then Bron goes to the bench, and Dennis is back in the comfort zone in the way he’s grown in the last month … definitely a positive.”

In Orlando — not far from where the Lakers won the 2020 title in October — Schröder kept the Lakers from faltering after a painfully sloppy second quarter that was anything but championship-like. In the third period, another new Laker in search of a ring — and the man who topped Schröder for Sixth Man of the Year in 2019-20 — Montrezl Harrell (18 points) emphatically put the team on his back.

Davis eclipsed 30 minutes (31) and 50% shooting (8-15 FG) for the first time since returning.

His jumper looked refreshingly smooth early on, and he converted some key paint scores late. Mercifully, after 11 straight misses since Thursday, AD drained his first triple since Feb. 6.

Andre Drummond added 13 points and 11 boards as six Lakers scored in double figures.

Schröder has been the Lakers' MVP over the past month. He has struck the right balance between shot hunting and shot creation, and his team is better for it.

“Jared Dudley always comes to me and says, ‘Listen, you’re the guy,'” Schröder said. “LeBron's gonna do his thing, AD's gonna do his thing, and we got a lot of firepower in this locker room. But when it comes to ‘floor general' — get a bucket if we need to, hold it down when LeBron is not on the floor, whatever it is — I try to help my team with that. I’m ready. Whatever comes, I will take the challenge.”

Once James is back running the show, Schröder's aggression and floor game will be an X-factor in the repeat quest. As the Lakers constantly discuss: there's never a bad time to build good habits.

“KCP's aggressiveness changed, but he can't change it when LeBron comes back,” Schröder said. “That's what we've been talking about. That's what Bron's saying to us as well. … He always tells me, ‘Dennis, you gotta be aggressive, you're not just a normal point guard. Do your sh*t.'”

Like the rest of the Lakers universe, Schröder “can't wait” for James to return.

“It’s 11 games out; there’s no excuses no more. … Bron is about to come back soon, hopefully, and then it’s on.”

As for when that might be? Well, Schröder left us in suspense.

“I know. But it's probably the Lakers organization who'll tell you guys. I mean, he's close. I can tell you that much.”