By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

It’s been a tough road for the Lakers with the absense of Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and now newcomer Andre Drummond. The team defense has been steady but the offense has been lacking.

Drummond started his first game against the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo last week. Early on he had a block shot and scored on a floater down the lane. During the action Bucks center Brook Lopez stepped on his foot and he continued to play. 

In the second quarter the pain increased a bit. The 6-10 veteran thought nothing of it until the third period. “I didn’t think anything of it, after halftime I finally took my sock off to look at my whole toenail was gone,” said Drummond on screen in a post-game conference. “It was just bad from there, I couldn’t walk or run, so I just told coach to take me out.” X-Rays were negative. 

The big man played 14 plus minutes. He ended up with 4 points, one rebound, a blocked shot, and two assists. Before this game Drummond last played Feb.12 while a member of the Cavaliers who sat him out while seeking someone to make a trade deal. Cleveland eventually bought him out, then passed waivers, then he signed with the Lakers.

He appeared in 25 games for the Cavs this season before they stopped playing him.

He was averaging 17.3 points and 13 rebounds He led the league in rebounding two times. 

He’s the NBA’s all-time seasons leader with 1000 points,1000 rebounds 100 blocks and 100 steals. He has accomplished that seven times. 

“I don’t know what to say at this point,” said Andre. “It’s unfortunate that it happened in the first game but there’s nothing I can do about it.”

The Lakers went on to lose to the Bucks 112 to 97. That was the 10th time this season the team scored under 100 points, giving them a 3-7 record when they fail to reach the century mark in scoring. Montrezel Harrell stepped up with a team high 19 points and five rebounds. Dennis Schroder had 17 to go with 8 assists. Kyle Kuzma scored 16 to go with seven boards. Kuzma moved into 7th place all-time on the franchise career three-pointers list. He surpasses Nick Young and now has made 466 from behind the arc. 

During the game Laker coach Vogel used a challenge after Montrezl Harrell was called for a reach in foul.

 After the review it showed Giannis throwing an elbow in the chest of Harrell. That led to an offensive call on Giannis.  

LAKERS AT SACRAMENTO: The team got back in the win column with a 115-94. Kuzma led all scorers with 30 points. Schroder had 17 to go with 8 while running the offense. 

Marc Gasol filling in for the injured Drummond scored five points and grabbed nine boards and had six assists. The Lakers had seven players hit at least one three-pointer. They hit 15 from behind the arc in the first three periods. It was the third win in the last four games.

LAKERS at THE CLIPPERS: It was a tough Sunday at Staples for the LAKERS as they fell to the Clippers 104-88. It was a season low in points scored for the team. It also was the first of a seven-game road trip. 

Marc Gasol filling in for Drummond was the only starter to score more than 10 points. Harrell led the team with 19 followed by Horton-Tucker with 16.

ADD LAKERS: Fans will soon be allowed to attend games. As of April,15th fans will be able to attend games at Staples Center. In a released statement released by the Lakers it read: “We are incredibly excited that The State of California announced guidelines today that will allow Laker fans to return to Staples Center .Now that we have guidance we will work with L.A. County Public Health and Staples Center to finalize our plans to have fans safely attend our games starting with the Lakers vs.Boston April 15th.”

the limit would be 10-percent or 2,000 fans .and could increase to 35percent if all attendees are tested and show proof of full vaccination.