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Ray McCallum

Confidence is showing in D'Angelo Russell's play

Confidence is showing in D'Angelo Russell's play

D'Angelo Russell was in the starting lineup Friday because of Jordan Clarkson's sprained right ankle. Maybe he'll stay there this time.

The rookie broke the 20-point barrier a second consecutive game, totaling 24 points, six assists and six rebounds in the Lakers' 109-87 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

He didn't shoot particularly well (nine for 23) and still got erased too easily on screens while playing defense, but there was too much progress to overlook.

He was sent to the bench earlier this week by Coach Byron Scott after starting the team's first 20 games.

“You've got to build that relationship with your coach and know that you're a rookie coming into...