The big man has handles.
Julius Randle had a fantastic start to the season, slumped in the middle, but has come back on of late and showed off the skills that drew the Lakers to him on this drive Friday night against the Kings. He went behind the back, got to the rim, drew the contact and finished the scoop layup for the bucket. How many bigs can do that?
The Lakers won their third game in a row, beating the Kings 98-94 behind 25 from Randle. The win almost guarantees the Lakers will finish with the third-worst record in the NBA — which gives them a slightly worse than 50/50 shot of keeping their pick through the lottery (if it’s in the top three the Lakers keep it, if it is fourth or higher it goes to the Sixers, and if that happens the Lakers 2019 first rounder goes to Orlando).