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RUMOR: Kyle Kuzma, Dennis Schroder ‘feud’ escalated in Lakers-Suns series

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The primary culprit for the Los Angeles Lakers’ demise this season was undoubtedly injuries. But perhaps there were more reasons underneath the surface.

Two key members of the Lakers’ supporting cast were reportedly at odds throughout the season, as per this report from ESPN’s Jordan Schultz:

League sources say Dennis Schroder and Kyle Kuzma feuded throughout the season, with things going further south throughout the #Lakers’ first-round series loss to Phoenix. Interesting note to consider heading into the draft and free agency.

With Schultz noting that things took a turn for the worst during their series against the Suns, it might explain why both players infamously struggled to put up big games to flank LeBron James.

Both Kuzma and Schroder’s regular-season numbers regressed across the board once the postseason began. Kuz’s points per game total dropped from 12.9 to 6.3 while shooting a horrendous 29.2% from the field in the Lakers’ six games played. While Schroder did maintain his scoring average, his efficiency dropped and his playmaking cratered. The German guard went from 5.8 assists per game to just 2.8 against the Suns.

Though was it the chicken or the egg? Perhaps the Kyle Kuzma-Dennis Schroder feud actually stemmed from their on-court struggles. Either way, the chemistry was definitely not as magical as it was for the Purple & Gold at Disney last season.