In the latest installment of “bizarre Lakers injuries” during a year full of unexpected medical updates, head coach Frank Vogel says starting point guard Dennis Schröder has a foot infection, while Andre Drummond re-injured the toe he already lost a toenail from.
“(Drummond) got it stepped on pretty good again in the Brooklyn game, and played with a lot of pain in the Knicks game and the Charlotte game, and it swelled up after the back-to-back, so we’re going to hold him out tonight,” Vogel said prior to the team’s game against the Celtics. “Schröder is having trouble putting pressure on his foot, he has an infection in the ball of his foot, so he’s going to try and warm-up, but it’s probably unlikely that he plays.”
Despite Vogel’s lack of certainty, the Lakers later announced the Schröder would in fact play, even though he’s also dealing with a hip contusion and undisclosed knee injury, both of which he has been playing through. And in addition to his lack of a toenail, Drummond has been suffering from a “left elbow impingement.”
And if Drummond, LeBron James and Anthony Davis continuing to miss time weren’t enough rotation players for the Lakers to be missing while Schröder is also limited, Markieff Morris (left ankle sprain) will also miss the team’s game against the Celtics. There is no official timetable for any of these players, other than Davis, who Vogel said pregame should be back over the next few games and has been cleared to resume on-court activity.
With all these absences, the Lakers will start Schröder, Kyle Kuzma, Marc Gasol, Wesley Matthews and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope against the Celtics. The two teams will tip-off at 7 p.m. PT, and further updates on these players’ statuses will likely be provided over the days to come.