In the absence of a stalwart like LeBron James, Dennis Schroder has stood up and been the leader on the court for the Lakers this season. More often than not, he has put in match-winning performances for the side and led the side on both ends of the court.
Schroder has shown that despite his relatively diminutive frame, he can command defenses and contribute exceptionally in the offense. His game awareness has been a thing to admire in all Lakers games this season.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Schroder talked about LeBron James has backed him up. He also stated that despite being sidelined due to injury, the 36-year-old has not stopped guiding him towards becoming a better player.
Schroder said, “He always tells me, ‘Dennis, you’ve got to be aggressive. You’re not just a normal point guard. Do your s—. We’re really excited to get started again with him soon. Like I said, we’re going to be ready.”
The 27-year-old was influential for the Lakers in the victory against the Orlando Magic. Coach Vogel gave him and Anthony Davis a pivotal role and they executed it to perfection. Despite going into the final quarter with a one-point deficit. The team rallied together to get the win.
Schroder finished the game with 21 points to his name. Moreover, he also racked up 10 assists and two rebounds during the course of the game. Apart from him, Anthony Davis contributed heavily towards the victory. He scored 18 points along with eight rebounds for his side.
“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 need him to do the same thing. We don’t want him to kind of fall back when Bron comes back even though Bron does handle the ball a lot. The team still wants 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.”
The LA Lakers are fifth in the Western Conference standings. At the moment, they are well in contention for the playoff spots. Moreover, LeBron James is said to return in a couple of weeks. Coach Vogel will be pleased with the position of his side heading into the business end of the campaign.
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