Someone had to try to grab all the wacky caroms off the Lakers' many misses. Julius Randle was up for it.
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 Byron Scott said. "He's maturing. He's really starting to understand this game and understand some of the things that he can do on a night-to-night basis. I love where he is right now."