Marc Gasol had the game of the season against his former team, the Toronto Raptors, as he scored 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists to help the Los Angeles Lakers take the win. According to Frank Vogel, his performance does not change the overall plan of starting Andre Drummond over the Spaniard.
“No, we’re going to start Andre [against the Heat],” Vogel said postgame when asked if Gasol’s performance changes his plans regarding starting center.
“That’s what we signed him here for. We feel like, first of all, we need to get him a ton of minutes to get him acclimated in our system with only X amount of games before the playoffs. He’ll be our starter.
“But like I said, we said this from the whole time through, we need all three of those guys. And all three of them are really good players. They’re going to to help us win a championship. But no, it doesn’t change that.”
Thus far, Drummond was able to play just 14 minutes for the reigning NBA champions as his debut game ended early for him due to a torn toenail.