Pacific Notes: Schröder, Bjelica, Barnes, Holmes, Bazemore

After being held out of his team’s game against Brooklyn on Thursday due to the league’s health and safety protocols, Lakers point guard Dennis Schröder was not at practice Friday and it’s “uncertain” if he will be available against Miami on Saturday, per head coach Frank Vogel (Twitter link via Dave McMenamin of ESPN). “There’s no timeline,” Vogel said.

The Lakers started Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Wesley Matthews in the backcourt with Schröder sidelined.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • The Heat continue to have interest in Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica, according to the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Anderson, and they got a good look at him on Thursday. With Richaun Holmes and Harrison Barnes sidelined, Bjelica made his first start of the season and scored 25 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Bjelica is making $7.15MM and the Heat have a $7.6MM trade exception to absorb Bjelica’s contract, Anderson notes. Bjelica has temporarily rejoined the rotation the last four games. “To be honest with you, I work my (butt) off,” Bjelica said. “That’s what everybody’s supposed to do when you’re out of the rotation or you don’t play or you play less.”
  • Barnes sat out with a left foot strain and Holmes missed his second game in a row due to right knee soreness. Kings coach Luke Walton said both players are expected back “very soon,” Anderson notes in the same story.
  • Veteran swingman Kent Bazemore erupted for 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Warriors against Miami on Wednesday. He’s become a valuable option for coach Steve Kerr, Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic notes. “He’s frenetic out there and plays with great energy,” Kerr said. “He’s kind of all over the map. He has his moments where he makes plays where he gets out of control but also makes really athletic, powerful moves to the rim, with steals, and fast-break layups, dunks.” Bazemore joined the Warriors on a veteran’s minimum contract in November and will return to free agency this summer.
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18 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Schröder, Bjelica, Barnes, Holmes, Bazemore

  1. Marty McRae

    Bazemore looks better now because Curry makes him look better, just like Curry has done with every single player he’s ever played with.

    • KnickerbockerAl

      I wouldn’t sing Bazemore for G-league Knicks. Keep him in GS …..

      • Chief Two Hands

        Dude…I have nothing against you, but I doubt anyone is asking you to sing…even though you want to do nothing more, as do I…but, alas, I suck at singing. People compare me to a garbage disposal…but I never let them see me cry…

    • raz427

      Yeah, just like what the great ones should do. Are you saying KD wasnt great before Steph? Lol

      • KnickerbockerAl

        Right on Q he sings a big game. Just never liked his game. Times I’ve watched Warriors he’s done nothing.

  2. Sillivan

    Holmes leads the qualify starters in FG at 64.8%
    Wiggins leads the qualify starters in defensive FG at 38.9%

    • Chief Two Hands

      There are many things to wonder about…I wonder when Mother Nature will stop messing with the NBA just because she can…typical woman…waits until she can pile on to the cancelling of games with the current pandemic by putting too many storms in Texas. Vindictive, I say! The Schroder absence hurts the Lakers, but it’s early so hopefully they won’t fall too far back. I respect the Jazz, but I have yet to see them get it done in the playoffs. They are holding up with a lot of guys contributing, though. Best course of action for the Lakers is to keep Davis out and hope Lebron can shoulder the load…I think he can. Maybe watching for a while will light a fire under Davis. I speculate sometimes…

  3. Sensitive Fanboy

    Bazemore is closer to a Klay Thompson sub than Oubre is. Defensive & for some unexplained reason he is shooting the ball better than he has in years. Perfect for GSW at the moment.

    All I can guess is the Heat aren’t offering a pick of any kind for Bjelica & SAC is gonna let it go to the wire before consenting to trade him to the Heat as opposed to waiving him.

  4. Sillivan

    Kelly Oubre makes 46% from the three for last 11 games

    This is 11 games stats, not two games stats

    • Walladipo and Wood

      And he is still at 31.7% for the season, so what? That’s 30 games stats.

  5. KnickerbockerAl

    Obrue and Wiggins is a bad mix. They should not start together. Or even play on same team.

    • illowa

      they can play on the same team, just different years. kansas jayhawks did it one year apart.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        I know Obrue is starting to play better. Both he and Wiggins are about iso and taking players off the dribble. Warriors offense is not geared for that. I see Wiggins try to fit in more. Even playing better D. Obrue shot has just been off. I see he’s been scoring lately. To me playing them both at same time is not a good chemistry mix. Warriors would do better with Gordon instead of Obrue. He can play the Warrior game and is a better shooter. This also would free up Wiggins more. Just what I see.

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