So much so that the Lakers (11-43) enter Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (37-14) at Quicken Loans Arena with Randle averaging 13.3 points and 12.1 rebounds. Nance Jr. will sit out the game with continuing soreness in his right knee.But presuming Nance Jr. returns after the All-Star break, will Randle keep his starting spot?“The only thing that’s changed my thinking with those two guys,” Scott said, “is I got two young power forwards that I love.”Yes, much has changed since Randle and Scott had continuous dialogue following last month’s outburst in Phoenix about his playing time. Now, Randle has credited Scott and his coaching staff for his improvement. “They’re always on me about getting better and helping me develop throughout the season when times are good and times are bad,” Randle said. “They do a great job in helping me develop and getting me better every game.” CLEVELAND >> The pouting Julius Randle showed as he went to bench left Lakers coach Byron Scott questioning the 21-year-old’s maturity. Randle’s inconsistency with his jump shot prompted Scott to express skepticism whether he could fix it before this summer. An injury to Larry Nance Jr. still left Scott in doubt as to whether Randle could reclaim his starting spot.But lately, Randle has given Scott a different impression. “He’s been fantastic,” Scott said of Randle. “He’s not going overboard as far as trying to go too fast. He’s picking his moments and he’s rebounded the hell out of the ball.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Randle attributed that improvement mostly to remaining confident in his jump shot through both hot and cold shooting streaks. “I’m still going to go in and work hard every day and listen to what my coaches are saying and give my all out there on the floor,” Randle said. “My energy level and my effort is never going to change, whether I make shots or miss shots.” Taking a standThe issue often made Kobe Bryant upset, as the Lakers guard saw his star teammate struggle with something so basic.Former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal rarely could make a shot at the free-throw line. The same frustration emerged for Bryant when Dwight Howard struggled with the same thing during their lone season together with the Lakers three years ago. But even if his former centers’ struggles cost the Lakers some games, Bryant strongly argued against NBA commissioner Adam Silver abolishing the so-called “Hack a Shaq” tactic. That entails intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters to send them to the foul line. “That sets a horrible example for the kids, honestly,” said Bryant, who is listed as questionable to play against Cleveland because of soreness in his right shoulder. “You can’t protect guys because they can’t shoot free throws. They’re getting paid a lot of damn money to make a free throw, dude. I think it sets a bad precedent. I wouldn’t change it.”Injury updateThe Lakers listed Roy Hibbert as probable to play against Cleveland after he missed Monday’s game in Indiana because of a sprained left ankle. The Lakers also consider Anthony Brown doubtful after he sprained his right ankle during Tuesday’s practice.