By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Anthony Davis made his much anticipated return to the Laker lineup. The return began in Dallas with time restriction, as he played 17 minutes all in the first half.
It was the first time he’d ever played on the same team as recent Laker newcomer Andre Drummond. After a 30- game absence he came away with 2 of 10 shooting for 4 points, 4 boards, 1 steal, 1 block and 1-assist. Just seeing him back on the floor was a spark.
Dennis Schroder ran the offense scoring 25 while dishing out 13 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 29 going six of twelve from behind the arc. Drummond stepped up with 19 rebounds and 14 points. They fell to the Mavs 115-110.
The following game against the same Dallas team the Lakers let a 17-point lead get away.
They only scored 35 second half points as Davis went 5 for 19 shooting. Ben McLemore hit six 3-pointers and finished with 20.
The team got their first win since Davis’s return with a 114-103 win over Orlando. The veteran had his minutes restriction removed and played 31 minutes while scoring 18 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
Davis had labeled this game “a must win” after back to back loses. Schroder had 21 to go with 10 assists. “He’s really growing in his role as a floor general,” said Coach Vogel. “Ten assist’s, 21 points and 2 turnovers; seems like he’s in control.”
Schroder is averaging 18 points with 8.5 assist in his last 10 games. He appears to be a true floor leader the team needs with the absence of LeBron James.
Drummond chipped in with 13 points to go along with 11 boards in 25 minutes.
The team is now 1-2 since the return of Davis.
He and Drummond appear to be fitting in well together.
LeBron sent out a video on social media saying: “Coming soon to a city near you”. The video tape showed James running in what appeared to be the Dallas area. There are ten games left in the season (at Press time). He is expected to return before season’s end.