Newly added Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond will return to the lineup tonight against the Miami Heat (7:30 ET, TNT) after missing the team’s last four games with a big toe injury.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Thursday that Drummond – who was added by the Lakers as a free agent on March 28 – will return to the squad. Vogel said after the Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday that Drummond would start when he is allowed to play again.
Drummond had a shortened debut last Wednesday against Milwaukee, and a contusion of his right big toe he suffered has delayed his ability to play since.
Frank Vogel said Ben McLemore will be available tonight against the Heat.
Andre Drummond will return after a toe injury.
Kyle Kuzma is questioned about the tightness of the calves and there will be a decision at the time of the game.
– Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 8, 2021
Drummond scored four points in 14 minutes before leaving the field early in the third quarter after trying to play without a toenail on his big toe.
For the Lakers, he started in his first NBA game after 6 1/2 weeks, but wasn’t on the floor to start the second half as he was treated on his toes. He checked and went through only a few more possessions before getting out of the game with obvious pain.
The Lakers signed a contract for Drummond last weekend after an 8 1/2 NBA season in Detroit and Cleveland.
In addition, striker Kyle Kuzma (calf tightness) has been cited as questionable against the Heat, while new swingman Ben McLemore will be available to play against Miami. However, McLemore’s minutes in tonight’s game will depend on the availability of other Lakers winger players.
Frank Vogel says Ben McLemore is available for tonight and the Lakers are still waiting to see the availability of their wings to see if they will get a chance tonight against the Heat.
Kyle Kuzma has “significant tension” in the calf and decides the timing of the game.
– Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) April 8, 2021
The Lakers are 32-19 and fifth in the Western Conference and are trying to stay on the surface of the rankings while superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James are recovering from injury. Davis has not played since Feb. 14 due to an Achilles injury, while James (ankle) has been out since March 21.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.