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Andre Drummond exits game vs. Bucks with right big toe contusion

Andre Drummond’s Lakers debut was shorter than many had hoped and not because of a minutes restriction.

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Andre Drummond had his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers cut short due to a right big toe contusion he suffered in the team’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Drummond explained how he suffered the injury after the game.

“In that first quarter, when I came out, Brook had stepped on my foot,” Drummond said. “I didn’t really think anything of it, but I came back in the second quarter and it started hurting more. And then after halftime, I finally took my sock off to look and my whole toenail was gone, so it was just all bad from there. I couldn’t walk or run, so I just told coach to take me out.”

Drummond’s X-Rays came back negative for a fracture, according to the Lakers. He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow, but the team is listing him as day-to-day for now.

Before Drummond suffered his injury, he looked good, or as good as someone who hadn’t played a game of organized basketball in over a month could. He was involved in a lot of the Lakers’ offensive sets to start the game, primarily as a playmaker but also as an option in the post.

While the results were mixed, he brought good energy to the first unit and it’s not hard to imagine him looking better alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Drummond ended his night 4 points, 2 assists, a rebound and a block.

Drummond is hopeful he’ll be able to play when the Lakers take on the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on Friday, but he doesn’t know what to expect, as it’s an injury he’s never dealt with before.

“As of right now, I’m just gonna ... what do you do for a toe?” Drummond said with a laugh. “I’m not really sure what to do, you know? I’m just going to talk to the training staff and find out what’s the best thing to do to get back as quick as possible.”

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