Lakers’ Dennis Schroder Points To Chemistry Problems as Anthony Davis and LeBron James Aim For Full Recovery

Published 04/26/2021, 2:22 AM EDT
Apr 22, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (23) speaks with teammates during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are struggling right now. Since February, the Lakers have either been without LeBron James or Anthony Davis, as the star duo has had their injury concerns.

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Davis went down in February with a calf strain that initially seemed benign but kept him out for two months. Whereas, James suffered a high ankle sprain against the Atlanta Hawks after the All-Star break and is yet to make his return.

D-Schrod calls for more chemistry in the Lakers

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder believes this has impacted the team negatively. Schroder spoke to the press recently and noted that the Lakers need to address their chemistry concerns. With the long-awaited return of Anthony Davis and the impending return of LeBron James, the Lakers need to have a conversation. Schroder believes that the team will be okay, but a conversation is absolutely necessary to ensure success.

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“I think when Bron comes back we’re going to have a conversation as a team. Because our chemistry, like AD said, off the court is great, but on the court, we’ve just got to turn it up some more. We’re going to be fine, but in the meantime, we’ve still got to get wins.”

Schroder’s comments echo the sentiments of fans and analysts. During the long absence of James and Davis, the Lakers had to learn to play without them. Furthermore, the Lakers made buyout signings like Ben McLemore and Andre Drummond.

Therefore, the return of James and Davis will have to bolster the chemistry of the team, especially with the new players. Drummond and McLemore will receive significant minutes, with the former already becoming a starter for the team.

Anthony Davis and LeBron James need to return to form soon

AD made his return last week against the Dallas Mavericks. He only played 15 minutes and scored just 4 points on 2-10 shooting. However, this can be attributed to rust.

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Time away from the court in the NBA is always a detriment to any player, even one of the quality of AD. However, he, along with LeBron James, will have the final stretch of the season to recover form and build chemistry with teammates.

Apr 24, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (42) guards Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Which seed will the Los Angeles Lakers secure in the playoffs? Currently, the Lakers are hanging on to the fifth seed in the Western Conference. However, they may want to make a final push in the coming weeks, as a lower seed will only make their chances of reaching the finals tougher.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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