Dennis Schröder apologized for being kicked out of the game against the Nets, the German had a clash with Kyrie Irving and had to leave the game prematurely, just like the Nets star (here is the scene in the video). Nevertheless, the Lakers won with a clear 126: 101 and, according to Schröder, celebrated the “best win of the year”.
“I think that was unnecessary,” admitted Schröder after the game. “It’s just unfortunate that I left my team alone. I don’t even know what I did. But I was kicked out and I apologized to my team-mate for that.”
After a few minutes in the third quarter, the German international and Kyrie Irving clashed verbally after the referees had called a foul by Kyrie against Schröder. Ref Zach Zarba wanted to end the verbal skirmish and handed out double technicals. However, the two guards continued their argument, finally Kyrie received his second technical foul and shortly afterwards Schröder. Both had to go to the cabin early.
“After the first two technical fouls were pronounced, both players were warned to continue,” explained Zarba. “When Irving didn’t stop yelling at Schröder, he got his second technical and was kicked out. Then Schröder waved goodbye and that’s why he got his second technical.”
Irving did not want to comment on the incidents after the game, Schröder was pleased after apologizing to his teammates about the Lakers’ clear success in the end. It was the “best win of the year”, said the 27-year-old.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel: “I’m proud of this group”
Even without the still injured LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who will probably be able to return to the floor in a few weeks, LA started a 22: 9 run immediately after the ejections of the two guards, which put the reigning champion on the road to victory.
“As I have been saying all season: If we get stuck in defense, then we always have a chance,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “I am extremely proud of this group.”
The Lakers kept the home side at just 43.5 percent field throw rate and the fewest points of the Nets in the past eight games. In addition, eight players (season high) achieved double-digit points, led by Andre Drummond (20 and 11 rebounds) and Schröder, who put up 19 points on 7/11 in just 20 minutes.
Without Kyrie and without Harden: Nets with problems
However, after Irving was kicked out, the Nets had big problems. Without the point guard, without the injured James Harden and with Kevin Durant on a minute limit (22 points in 24 minutes), the offense did not always go smoothly.
“It wasn’t ideal,” said coach Steve Nash when asked about the Irving ejection. “We would have liked to see us answer and win the game. But it wasn’t our evening in that regard. We lost without James and without Ky, so we were missing two of our most important weapons.”
Meanwhile, Durant did not want to use the arguments between Irving and Schröder as an excuse for defeat. “We were in the game, but I won’t blame it on being expelled that the momentum has changed,” said KD. “They got going, we just couldn’t do that.”