D’Angelo Russell (26) and Dennis Schroeder 바카라사이트(29, Germany) are selected as points to watch in the series against the Golden State Warriors (hereinafter referred to as Golden State).
The Lakers, to which Russell and Schroeder belong, will play Game 4 against Golden State on the 9th at 11 am (Korean time). Russell will play as the starting point guard and Schroeder as the backup point guard.
The two are key players in “Killing Curry,” the basic goal for the Lakers against Golden State. Russell is a person who can put a burden on Curry on offense, and Schroeder constantly chases after Curry on defense, consuming his stamina.
In fact, in Game 1 and Game 3, where the Lakers won, Russell made a big success with 21 points and 5 assists, including 19 points and 6 assists and 5 3-pointers. In addition, Schroeder also scored 12 points, including 19 points, 3 assists and 3 3-pointers, while marking Curry with Jared Vanderbilt.
When the two play well, the offensive burden is reduced for one-two punchers LeBron James and Anthony Davis. This means that the Vanderbilt-LeBron-Davis lineup can put all of its energy on defense. The Lakers, who successfully defended, attacked Golden State’s transition defense, which was not organized, and replaced it with many free throws and paint zone goals.
Accordingly, Russell and Schroeder, who can relieve the physical burden of LeBron and Davis, are considered key agents in the game against Golden State along with Austin Reeves.
On the other hand, Russell and Schroeder, who have a common point guard, have a history of playing for the Lakers and then switching to other teams.
First, Russell was selected by the Lakers with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. At the time of his debut, the expectations for Russell could be felt from the nickname ‘Left-handed Curry’. However, Russell was traded to the Brooklyn Nets after two seasons with the Lakers. After a successful rebound in Brooklyn, Russell enjoyed the honor of being named an All-Star for the first time in his career, but he never regained his former glory from his Golden State days to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Russell, who moved to his home team ahead of the trade deadline, recorded 17.4 points, 6.1 assists, 48.4% (13 attempts) and 41.4% (6.5 attempts) 3-point success rate with the Lakers this season. Above all, Russell boasted the only stable 3-point shot feeling in the Lakers, and boasted a shot feeling similar to the regular season in the playoffs.
Earlier, the Lakers tapped Schroeder as their starting point guard after winning the 19-20 season. Schroeder, who shone in second place as the Sixth Man of the Year, joined the Lakers dreaming of his days in Atlanta, where he was the starting pitcher. He worked well with LeBron and put the team on top, but after LeBron and Davis injuries, he failed to lead the team alone and performed worst in the playoffs.
As a result, Schroeder could not sign a contract with the Lakers and moved the team to the Boston Celtics. Schroeder, who lost his place in Boston, was traded to the Houston Rockets, but there was no room for him to play in the rebuilding team. However, Schroeder did not give up and continued to train, leading the German national team brilliantly at the 2023 Euro Basket and winning a bronze medal. The Lakers, who watched his performance, gave Schroeder a chance to make up for it.
Returning to the Lakers, Schroeder has averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 assists per game this season, both as a starter and off the bench. He endured the tough times of injuries to LeBron and Davis, and even after the trade, he established himself as a player favored by the Lakers.
Expectations are focused on whether the returnees who hold the key to solving the Golden State game next to LeBron and Davis in the Lakers will be able to perform well in Game 4.