With LeBron James out, Lakers really feel a renewed sense of accountability

Whats up everybody, welcome to the LA Instances’ Lakers Publication. It’s Dan Woike, and whereas I’m not an harm knowledgeable, I’ve all the time considered myself as “everyday.” This week we’re going to try the most recent LeBron James information, what it might imply for the group’s playoff push and the unlikely participant who might see the Lakers via it.

James out for at the very least three weeks

The Lakers formally introduced LeBron James’ foot harm Thursday, 5 days after he went down on the sector in Dallas with a non-contact harm to his proper foot.

Whereas the Lakers provided few particulars — James has a “tendon harm on his proper foot” — the group stated he can be evaluated in about three weeks.

The Lakers will play ten video games within the subsequent three weeks, eight of which will likely be in Los Angeles.

James posted a video of himself in a vortex on Thursday with “highway to restoration” written on it to mark his first day of rehabilitation from the harm.

Whereas preliminary harm information was disappointing, there was by no means any panic within the Lakers locker room. The Lakers, who began eleventh within the West on Thursday, are properly away from a postseason spot.

And with so many groups huddled collectively (usually enjoying in opposition to one another), there’s not a lot concern of a bunch of groups operating away from the again of the pack.

That stated, there may be nonetheless inside strain to carry out…and curious if the Lakers can reply to that strain like Dennis Schroder did on Wednesday.

After the Lakers misplaced to Memphis on Tuesday amid a deluge of turnovers, Schroder referred to as Wednesday’s sport on the Thunder a “should win.” After which, within the first half, Schroder missed his first six pictures and rolled his ankle, the Lakers trailing Oklahoma Metropolis by as many as eight.

After frustration led to many court docket talks in Memphis, the Lakers have been in a position to talk about their points once more. Schroder was up entrance and led the Lakers with out Anthony Davis to victory behind his 22 factors within the second half.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder controls the ball in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

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“I believe everybody simply holds everybody accountable,” Schroder stated of the group. “I can go to the AD and say, ‘Pay attention, you’re not doing this, you need to get higher.’ And he comes as much as me and says, “Yeah, okay. I’ll do it subsequent time.” “I believe the accountability on this dressing room has gotten higher. Everybody appears to be like at themselves earlier than they converse. And I believe that’s what an actual group is all about.”

Schroder acknowledged that he was snug with the absence of the Lakers’ stars.

“I can play as if I have been in Germany. Play freely,” he stated. “I can play my half when everyone seems to be there and do my finest when the group is there, however when I’ve the ball in my palms, I can even plenty of. In fact it’s unhealthy that they’re injured and AD was out, however it’s all the time good once I additionally get the ball – and we win.”

It was his play on the European Championships this summer time that earned him consideration because the Lakers start line guard. The group’s commerce for D’Angelo Russell returned him to the bench, however with Russell out with an ankle harm, Schroder helped the group to 2–1.

He was the primary identify Darvin Ham talked about after the Lakers defeated the Thunder.

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“Nicely, I believe having a competitor like Dennis Schroder, the way in which he… These of us who’re basketball fanatics and watch it within the season and the low season at totally different ranges, if somebody noticed how he performed his nationwide group this summer time, ought to this present tonight it wouldn’t shock them in any respect,” Ham stated. “He’s performed a terrific job as chief. A person with in all probability probably the most mileage of anybody on this league. And particularly at relaxation.

“He had a tough first half however he made the correct changes, picked it up defensively after spraining his ankle and actually led the entire group.”

Schroder stated he wasn’t too nervous about his ankle — he’s a fast healer, he stated.

“I imply, we simply need to hold going,” Schroder stated. “Our objective firstly of the season was to make the playoffs. And that also is now. And I believe with the trades we made, the individuals coming in, they bought the identical mindset, the coach bought a transparent message and I believe all people’s on the identical web page.

Music of the week

“Dwelling Candy Dwelling” by Mötley Crüe

Notice of thanks

Because of the generosity of mco employee Broderick Turner, I gained’t be on the highway with the Lakers till their ultimate journey of the season, which implies I get greater than 4 weeks right here in Los Angeles. The excellent news for the Lakers: they’re solely two video games away in that trajectory. It’s a chance for the group to get their playoff push proper right here of their residence metropolis, and that is the right energy ballad to commemorate that chance.

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