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Your Weekly Spartans in the NBA Update




It seems as though All-Star break has rejuvenated the Los Angeles Lakers. The team seems to be holding true to Kobe Bryant’s prediction. Bryant predicted that by playoff time, the Lakers would be back to playing championship caliber basketball. Earlier this season the Lakers were heavily criticized for their inability to get up for big games. This has drastically changed, and Shannon Brown has been instrumental off the bench. In three games this week, Brown averaged 8.3 points and provided solid defense off the bench. Brown continues to showcase his freakish athleticism. While playing the San Antonio Spurs, Brown took off on a fast break dunk and his head was actually was at rim level.(Much to the delight of commentator Mark Jackson) The Lakers crushed the Spurs, and sent a clear message that the NBA title still runs through Los Angeles.


The “topsy tervy” world of the Eastern Conference still continues to baffle most experts. One thing is for sure though. After the Celtics traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson, the Eastern Conference is up for grabs. The Magic are playing some of their best basketball of the season. While the whole world was paying attention to the Miami Heat’s so called invincibility, Orlando made a huge statement by walking into Miami and gutting out a huge come from behind victory. Jason Richardson was instrumental in this win by scoring 24 points and draining clutch 3 pointers. Jason continues to play solid, and averaged 15 points a game for the week. The Magic are the fourth best team in the East, and lead their division with a 40-23 record.


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All of us out in “Spartan Nation” should be proud of the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have come from relative obscurity, to quite possibly being a playoff team. This has a lot to do with the play of Zach Randolph. For years critics said Randolph was a “head case”, or that he had a bad attitude. It’s finally good to see Zach getting some good press. Randolph continues to be a monster on the inside. Randolph getting a double-double is as routine as one of us tying our shoes. Randolph averaged 21 pts and 12 rebounds a game this week. When the Utah Jazz traded Deron Williams, this significantly increased the chance of Memphis making the playoffs. It seems as though they will make good on their owners promise. The Grizzlies have a record of 35-29 and are 8th place in the playoff race out West.


Morris Peterson hasn’t played in a game since December 12th, and is now a member of the Charlotte Bobcats.


Charlie Bell didn’t see action all week as the young Golden State Warriors continue to struggle.


Drew Naymick continues his play in the “D-League.” He is averaging 7.3 points per game, and 7.3 rebounds per game. He is still playing with the Bakersfield Jam.