Dennis Schroder’s impending return gets key update from Frank Vogel
The Los Angeles Lakers might get Dennis Schroder back as early as Friday. At least according to coach Frank Vogel, who shared his optimism on Schroder’s case with Mike Trudell of Spectrum SN after they lost another game without their starting point guard and star big man Anthony Davis on Wednesday.
Frank Vogel said “it’s still possible that he plays on Friday,” and the Lakers are hopeful he’d clear protocols and be available for the game vs. Portland.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 25, 2021
The 27-year-old Schroder has been out since last week due to the NBA’s strict COVID-19 protocols. Since being ruled out, the feisty playmaker has now missed four games and to say that the defending champions have missed his services is an understatement given that they lost all of those outings.
Without Schroder, Vogel first tried to go with a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Wesley Matthews tandem in the backcourt and LeBron James being his main playmaker. After losing three games, Vogel tried something new against the Utah Jazz by plugging in Talen Horton-Tucker in the starting lineup. But it also didn’t quite work out for the Purple & Gold as they got blown out by the surging Jazz.
Fans are hoping that Vogel’s optimism isn’t without basis as they badly need Schroder back in the roster as soon as possible.
Having a true point guard in Rajon Rondo was key to the Lakers winning the title last year and they were hoping that bringing in a younger Dennis Schroder could at least replicate what Rondo did. The Lakers looked good with the PG from Germany but they look pretty awful without him.
With Davis being out as well, it’s been a daunting task for LeBron to carry the entire Lakers on his broad shoulders.