Lakers-Pistons takeaways: L.A. wins in Schroder, Bryant debuts

They each had missed the Lakers’ first 13 regular-season video games, Dennis Schroder with a proper thumb harm and Thomas Bryant with a left thumb harm, however each have been again in motion for the primary time this season and made their mark.

Schroder, some extent guard, gave the Lakers one other playmaker and perimeter defender.

Bryant, a middle, gave the Lakers some scoring and rebounding inside.

With LeBron James (left adductor pressure) not taking part in, the Lakers wanted the “extra bodies” of Schroder and Bryant.

“It was great to see them both out there,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham stated. “Just to throw them out there and get them some game action. Their timing is gonna come.

“Thomas was huge in some segments. Even Dennis — having an additional playmaker out there, a ballhandler and a guy that could take [Bojan] Bogdanovic for a few possessions. A guy that’s wanting to do it on both sides of the ball.”

Listed here are three takeaways from the Lakers’ 128-121 win over the Pistons on Friday night time at Crypto.com area:

1. Schroder missed 4 of his 5 photographs and scored solely two factors however he had two assists and was capable of set up the offense when wanted.

Bryant had eight factors on four-for-six taking pictures and 5 rebounds.

“I think the biggest thing for both of them [is] just getting their wind,” Lakers ahead Anthony Davis stated. “But both of these guys played huge for us, got us big buckets and got us back in the game.”

That is Schroder’s second go-around with the Lakers. He spent the 2020-21 season with the Lakers. He spent final season with the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets.

Schroder performed 16 minutes 17 seconds towards the Pistons.

“It was great,” he stated. “We got the ‘W’ and that’s all that matters. I’m looking forward to Sunday.”

2. It has been a troublesome season for Kendrick Nunn.

His shot has betrayed him all season, however he bought again on observe towards the Pistons, making all 4 of his photographs, together with each of his three-pointers, in scoring 10 factors off the bench.

Throughout the 4 days the Lakers had off this week, Nunn stated he spent every day on the group’s observe facility engaged on simply his jumper.

“I really just got my rhythm in those four days,” he stated. “I was glad we got that little time off to get in a groove and I took each day, all four days I was locked in.”

3. The Lakers went to work on the free-throw line, knocking them down.

They shot 87.5% from the road (35 of 40).

Davis was significantly good on the free-throw line, making 18 of 21.

Wenyen Gabriel was 5 for 5 from the free-throw line.

“And we were complaining. Go figure,” Ham stated. “We were complaining. I know, man. … You’re in the heat of the moment. But we were fouling shooters. But thank God we stayed aggressive, which allowed us to get that many attempts. But you look at that number after the game and you were like, ‘Man, what the hell were we complaining about?’ But so goes the NBA.”