Dennis Schröder suffered a mild ankle sprain in the Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason matchup with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel announced after the game. Schröder will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Schröder suffered the injury in the third quarter of Wednesday’s game and didn’t return. However, even though Schröder didn’t finish the game, he reassured reporters after the game that his injury was nothing serious.
“[My ankle] is pretty good,” Schröder said. “I got treatment on it already, iced it during the game. So, I think there’s nothing to worry about. We’ll see how it’s feeling tomorrow, in the morning. I think it’s pretty alright.”
Schröder has started two of the three games he’s been available for this season, but Wednesday night was the first time he started alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Schröder has made it known that he’d like to be the Lakers’ starting point guard this season, and things certainly seem to be trending that way.
However, before tip-off on Wednesday, Vogel said he hasn’t made any final decisions in regards to the starting lineup.
“There’s a lot of things that theoretically look good that we just haven’t seen a lot of and we’ll make those decisions when the time comes, but it’s definitely something I want to look at that I believe will work,” Vogel said.
Schröder has scored 17 points on 7-17 shooting from the field through two appearances with the Lakers. He’s also contributed 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Schröder’s availability for the Lakers’ preseason finale on Friday will be updated tomorrow, but if he ends up being available and starts, it’s safe to assume he’ll start on opening night too.