SPARTANS IN THE NBA WEEKLY UPDATE

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The Los Angeles Lakers served notice this week. Shannon Brown was an instrumental part of their public service announcement. The Lakers and Brown have taken heavy criticism for their inability to get up for big games against good basketball teams. This week the Lakers beat the Grizzlies, Knicks, and Celtics. Brown played his best basketball against the Celtics, and Knicks. In both games he scored 12 points and entertained the crowed with his freakish athleticism. The Lakers’ only defeat this week came at the hands of the Orlando Magic. The Lakers lead the Pacific Division with a 38-17 record.

 

The Orlando Magic continued to try and find themselves this week as they played the likes of New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Boston. The Magic went 3-2 throughout the week, but managed to soundly defeat the Los Angeles Lakers. Throughout the week Jason Richardson played solid basketball. He averaged double digits in points, but only shot 24 percent from the 3 point line. Jason’s ability to knock down the 3 pointer will help determine how far the Magic will go in the playoffs. The Magic improved their record to 35-21, and are second place in the Southeast Division.

 

Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies continued to make ground in their quest to make the playoffs. The Grizzlies played the likes of the Lakers, Thunder, and the Nuggets. Zach’s numbers continue to be solid, however his 9 point performance against the Lakers is a bit disappointing. The Grizzlies did win 2 out of their three games this week, which is cause for celebration. They improved their record to 30-26, and are one game behind the Blazers for the last playoff spot in the West.

 

Charlie Bell logged in 16 minutes off the bench, and scored 6 points against the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors lost that game 112-88.

 

Morris Peterson did not play this week. He hasn’t played in a game since December 12th.

 

Drew Naymick continues his play for the Bakersfield Jam of the “Developmental League.” He’s averaging 6.8 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.

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