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Allen Crabbe
Five takeaways from the Lakers' preseason win over Trail Blazers

A lot was missing from the Lakers’ 94-86 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers — seemingly both teams’ key starters, to begin with. But here are five takeaways from Wednesday’s exhibition with only one more left until Tuesday’s opener against Houston. 1. With Kobe Bryant sitting out so he could rest, Julius Randle finally looked like the seventh pick in the draft. In a good way. He had 17 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes, and excited the crowd with his numerous coast-to-coast drives. 2. It’s only a matter of time — and full health? — before Jeremy Lin takes over as the Lakers’ starting point guard. He came off the bench and...