It's not punishment, Coach
Scott made a dramatic change to his starting lineup four games ago, making Russell and Julius Randle reserves and starting
Scott said he will start Clarkson and Williams again in the backcourt together and start Nance at power forward.
"I don't know if it'll bother him [Russell] or not, but he's 19 years old, so it probably will," Scott said, with a laugh, after practice. "But I'm going to tell him, 'Listen, the last couple of games you played really well and even the game before that you played really well when that starting lineup was Jordan and Lou.' But then Jordan got hurt so obviously he gets a lot more time.
"It hasn't changed. I'm still going to go back to the [previous] starting lineup . . . and see how he reacts. And I hope that he'll come out and play the same way he's been playing."
Russell took giant steps in his last two starts. He averaged 18 points, five assists, three rebounds and 2.5 steals in games against San Antonio and Houston.
Russell actually started to take positive steps in his first game coming off the bench, scoring a career-high 23 points at Minnesota, and then following that up with 24 at San Antonio when starting in place of the injured Clarkson.
When Scott made the changes to his starting lineup, the plan was to see how it worked for about 10 games.
He said nothing had changed — except for the improved play by Russell.
"I thought D'Angelo started coming of age a little bit," Scott said.
"I thought he played with a lot more confidence. His command of the offense was much better. His turnovers were a little bit lower. It's something that he's still got to continue to work on. But I like what I saw on this road trip. So again, I think his development is coming, slowly but surely. That's something that I thought was very positive."
LAKERS VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS
When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. PST.
Where: Staples Center.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Record vs. Bucks (2014-15): 1-1.
Update: The Bucks on Saturday snapped