For the final two video games, Andre Drummond has been listed as questionable with a proper large toe contusion on the Lakers’ harm report. Whereas it’s seemingly that he’ll be listed as questionable on the harm report for his or her recreation towards the Miami Warmth on Thursday, Drummond has already introduced that he’ll be obtainable by means of an Instagram put up on Wednesday.
There have been indicators that Drummond was going to return on Thursday main as much as his Instagram put up. After the Lakers’ apply on Tuesday, Frank Vogel stated that Drummond’s harm had improved and that he was “hopeful” that the two-time All-Star would play on Friday. So, barring any last-minute setbacks, it seems like Drummond shall be good to go.
If Drummond does play on Thursday, it is going to solely be his second recreation with the Lakers. Drummond signed his contract with Los Angeles on March 28 and suffered his large toe contusion in his debut for the workforce on March 31.
When Drummond returns, he’ll begin at middle for the Lakers regardless of how good Marc Gasol has regarded within the final three video games. Frank Vogel defined why after the Lakers’ win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, during which Gasol has tallied 13 factors, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks.
“We’re gonna begin Andre,” Vogel stated. “That’s what we signed him right here for. I imply, initially, we have to get him a ton of minutes to get him acllimated in our system, with solely X quantity of video games earlier than the playoffs, and he’ll be our starter. However like I stated, and we’ve stated this the entire time by means of: we want all three of these guys, and all three of them are actually good gamers, they usually’re going to assist us win a championship. However no, (Gasol’s play) doesn’t change that (the beginning lineup).”
Hopefully, Drummond can justify Vogel’s unwavering confidence in him when begins getting significant minutes, beginning with Thursday’s recreation. The Lakers and Warmth will tip-off at 4:30 PT, and the sport shall be broadcast on TNT.
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