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Alex Caruso, Dennis Schroder, Lakers

Maybe Alex Caruso deserves to be paid more than Dennis Schroder

Dennis Schroder remains one of the most important players for the Los Angeles Lakers despite a hideous performance in their 103-100 win at home over the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night in which he got outplayed by teammate Alex Caruso.

Almost every Lakers fan on Twitter was virtually yelling at Lakers head coach Frank Vogel to take Schroder out of the game and give his minutes to another player who could be more useful on the floor. With how Schroder played, almost every other player on Los Angeles’ bench had a good chance of actually producing better numbers — like the GOAT himself Alex Caruso.

Schroder finished the game with 12 points on an atrocious 3-of-14 shooting from the field to go with five assists and a couple of turnovers in 30 minutes of action. In the first half, when the Warriors were smoking the Lakers, Schroder scored a grand total of two points on 1-of-9 shooting and jogged to the locker room probably unaware that he had the worst plus/minus (-16) at the half among all players from both sides. Caruso also had a negative plus/minus of -9, but was a perfect 5-of-5  from the field for 12 points in the first two quarters.

We don’t need to put the two in a vacuum to say that Schroder is a better asset than Caruso, notwithstanding a stinker of a game. But when you’re the guy who was rumored to have rejected an extension offer from the Lakers worth over $80 million, then it was just right to expect that you would at the very least turn out to be a more productive player on both ends of the floor during an all-important game than this dude.

Dennis Schroder has plenty of chances to still atone for his play-in meltdown. The Lakers have the Phoenix Suns next, where he will be matched up against Chris Paul.

Alex Caruso, like Dennis Schroder, is soon to become a free agent at the end of this season. He won’t ask nor command $100 million or anything near that in the market, but at least on the win over Stephen Curry and the Warriors, he delivered the goods that Schroder didn’t.