Someone had to try to grab all the wacky caroms off the
The 19 rebounds he took Monday in a duck-and-cover loss to Indiana were emblematic of a young career bouncing the right way lately.
He has 21 double-doubles, more than any second-year player, and is showing increased confidence in his midrange game as his accuracy improves.
"He's been pretty locked in lately and that's a great thing," Lakers Coach
Randle is shooting 49.1% over the last 10 games, almost 10 percentage points better than he was beforehand. It's still not where he wants, but the work on his outside touch and on using his right hand is making a difference.
Randle returned by default to the starting lineup 12 games ago because rookie
"I've got two young power forwards that I love," Scott said neutrally.
The seventh pick in the 2014 draft, Randle is averaging 13.3 points and 12.1 rebounds since regaining his starting spot.
There's not much of a backdrop for Kobe Bryant's final game in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Bryant never faced the
Cleveland was just another stop on the regular-season road while he vacuumed up championships with
LeBron James, though, had some kind words for Bryant even though it won't be the last time they face each other.
"Any time I even watch his games, even when I'm not playing him, it's always, like, very emotional just knowing it's his last hurrah," James told reporters Monday. "And he's done so much, not only for the Lakers' organization, but for me as a kid growing up watching Kobe and things of that nature and also competing against him.
"So it's going to be really cool to see him on Wednesday, for sure, and hopefully, I know our fans, they're going to give him a great reception."
The Lakers play the Cavaliers again March 10 at Staples Center.
LAKERS AT CLEVELAND
When: 5 PST.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena.
On the air: TV: ESPN, TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 11-43; Cavaliers 37-14.
Record vs. Cavaliers (2014-15): 0-2.
Update: Cleveland is 7-2 since firing Coach David Blatt and replacing him with former Lakers guard
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