• Coach Byron Scott said that Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell will play 20-25 minutes off the bench for the foreseeable future.

    Well then.  Randle didn’t skip a beat in this arrangement on Monday but Russell’s numbers were definitely down, and at a terrible time because he appeared to have turned the corner as a must-own player.  We still believe in that designation for both players, but this is classic Scott laying the smack down because there’s something he doesn’t like about what they’re doing right now.  If Kobe wasn’t around with the ‘earned’ right to do bad basketball things, we’d be able to give Scott some benefit of the doubt, but we can’t in this scenario.

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