Over the last couple of months, the Los Angeles Lakers have battled through injuries and inconsistency. The Lakers are now finally finding a groove ahead of the playoffs. With all that in mind, veteran guard Dennis Schroder has the fan base excited about what he just revealed.
Lakers are hitting an encouraging stride
Over the last month, the Lakers have struggled mightily to find their footing.
Los Angeles fell from a secure playoff spot to likely participating in the play-in tournament. Despite that, the Lakers have picked up some steam with a three-game winning streak.
Anthony Davis finally returned, showing plenty of flashes that he may have finally found his rhythm. He notched back-to-back games posting double-doubles while scoring at least 20 points four times in the last five contests.
More importantly, Davis returned to being a significant factor on both ends of the floor. He became the first player in franchise history to post at least 42 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks in a single game.
Beyond that, the Lakers are now set to receive another massive boost ahead of postseason action.
Dennis Schroder finally reveals what Lakers fans want to hear
The Lakers have only two games left in the regular season, shifting plenty of attention to the daunting road ahead.
Los Angeles may garner some much-needed help shortly with guard Dennis Schroder posting on Instagram “I’m back,” sending a strong indication that he could play in the final two contests.
The 27-year-old hasn’t played since May 2 due to the NBA’s health and safety protocol. If he returns this weekend, it puts him right within the 10-14 day timetable.
Schroder has been a highly dependable backcourt factor for the Lakers behind his scoring and ball-handling ability. In 59 games, he’s averaging 15.5 points, 5.8 assists, and 1.2 steals.
Schroder has scored more than 20 points 16 times while posting six double-doubles. His play became more impactful when Anthony Davis and LeBron James were each sidelined. In April, he averaged 15.87 points and 9.3 assists while shooting 45.1% from the floor.
His return brings a significant boost with another proven ball-handler and late-game scoring option. It also strengthens the bench by moving Alex Caruso to the second unit.
The final two games give Schroder a chance to get his legs back under him before the playoffs. Beyond that, it moves the Lakers a step closer to full strength for another NBA title run.
Focus shifts toward deep playoff run
The growing outside concern is warranted given the Lakers’ overall recent struggles.
However, Los Angeles may be turning a corner just before the postseason. LeBron James is also making his return for Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
The four-time league MVP hasn’t played since May 2, but the reports around his recovery have been nothing short of positive. James went through recent practice sessions pain-free, making hard cuts and elevating.
The 36-year-old holds the challenge of getting his body acclimated to playing again, but there is no internal concern. The Lakers are a battle-tested team through last year’s playoff experience.
It’s doubtful that Los Angeles moves up from the seventh spot in the Western Conference standings, but that hasn’t impacted the team’s self-confidence.
With James and Davis leading the way, the Lakers will have their chance to vie for another NBA title.