Lakers Get Key Rotation Piece Back For Playoff Push

The Los Angeles Lakers are about to get a major boost ahead of the postseason.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a strong playoff push, having won five straight and improving to 41-32. However, the loaded Western Conference provides a tough challenge to LeBron James & Co, who are still in ninth place, facing a potential Play-In tournament.

Fortunately for the Lakers, they are about to get a big boost ahead of the postseason with the return of a key rotation piece. Gabe Vincent, who has been out since December, is about to make his return on Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.

Lakers News: Gabe Vincent Making His Return on Sunday

Lakers fans may have forgotten about him, but Vincent was one of the most important acquisitions of last offseason for Los Angeles, signing a three-year, $33 million deal to replace parting Dennis Schroder.

However, Vincent's tenure in LA has been a star-crossed one as he has been able to play in only five games with a knee injury.

The 27-year-old point guard is one of the success stories of the Miami Heat's development system. Undrafted out of UC Santa Barbara, Vincent became a high-level role player with the Heat, starting on the team that made the 2023 NBA Finals. He averaged 12.7 points and 3.5 assists in 22 playoff games in Miami last season.

Vincent is a prototypical 3-and-D guard. He can guard either guard positions and play on or off the ball. On a team that already has shot creators like LeBron James, Austin Reaves, and D'Angelo Russell, he will likely be tasked with taking the toughest defensive matchup on the perimeter while being expected to hit open jumpers on the offensive end.

How well he does in both will be a huge determinant of how far the Lakers go this postseason.

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