The Los Angeles Lakers welcomed Gabe Vincent back into the lineup after missing him for three months.
The Los Angeles Lakers welcomed Gabe Vincent back into the lineup after missing him for three months.

Gabe Vincent Returns to Lakers Lineup with Impactful Performance

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With fewer than three weeks remaining until the postseason begins, the Los Angeles Lakers welcomed Gabe Vincent back to the lineup after missing the reserve guard for the past three months.

Impactful Performance in Lakers’ Win Over Nets:

Vincent scored 2 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal, and 2 fouls in 14 minutes in L.A.’s 116-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets. 

The Lakers improved to 3-1 on their six-game road trip, which concludes with back-to-back games against the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Vincent’s Contribution and Team Outlook:

“I wouldn’t step on that court if I didn’t feel like I could help my team win games,” Vincent said before the game when asked if he felt ready to contribute. “Whatever the role, whatever the minutes may be, that’s not for me to decide.”

Playing for the 1st time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Dec. 27, Vincent checked in with 3:34 remaining in the first quarter, replacing Austin Reaves with L.A. up 26-6. He made his first shot, a turnaround 8-footer off the glass, to extend the Lakers’ lead to 31-7.

“Overall, I think he looked really solid,” Davis said.

Vincent’s Uncertainty and Team Support:

Vincent signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Lakers in the offseason, and he was unsure how much he would play in the back-to-back to end the road trip. 

“I’m going to let them take care of it,” Vincent said. I have faith in the training and coaching staff, and they have faith in me. They put me in there for whatever minutes they do, and hopefully, I continue to build trust with these guys in this locker room.”

LeBron James Congratulates Vincent on Comeback:

LeBron James had a big smile when he shook Vincent’s hand in the locker room after the game, congratulating the 27-year-old on his comeback. “I just told him, ‘Happy to have you back, man. Congrats, and happy to have you back out there,'” James said.

The first action in so many months, the legs, the lungs are the first to go. But I thought he was great in the minutes he was out there, and it was great to have him back.”

Joshua Skate

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