Although Andre Drummond wasn’t able to finish out his first game with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, his debut for the team still go down in the history books as a loss, as the Milwaukee Bucks beat them 112-97.
With LeBron James and Davis out, the Lakers weren’t expected to win Wednesday’s game. In fact, there are going to be very few games where the Lakers are favored to win. However, the team gave their fans a glimmer of hope with the way they started the game.
In the first quarter, the Lakers made eight of their 13 3-point attempts, which is the most 3-pointers they’ve made in any quarter this season. The Bucks aren’t exactly known for their perimeter defense, but the Lakers aren’t known for their perimeter shooting, either. Suffice to say, it was a good start for them.
Unfortunately, the Lakers just forgot how to shoot after that first quarter and the Bucks remembered they have a two-time MVP on their roster. And if that wasn’t enough to do them in, Drummond had to leave the game early due to a big toe contusion he suffered in the third quarter. It was the Lakers’ night until it wasn’t.
The Lakers will end another day as the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, but their cushion shrunk to just a half game with a loss to the Bucks and it could disappear completely if the Denver Nuggets beat the LA Clippers on Thursday.
That’s not to say Lakers fans should be rooting for the Clippers to win — things aren’t that bad yet — but the Lakers will definitely need help wherever they can get it while James and Davis are out.