Zach Randolph had an excellent week for the Grizzlies, especially in the rebounding department. The All-Star power forward started off the week by recording four points and 12 rebounds on Monday in a 103-100 win over the 76ers. He played even better on Thursday, tallying nine points and 19 rebounds in a 106-89 loss to the Thunder. Though he couldn’t match his effort the next day, he still managed seven points and 11 boards to help Memphis claim an 85-76 victory over the Wizards.
Small forward Draymond Green had a mostly quiet week for the Warriors. He added two rebounds in 11 minutes of playing time during a 114-102 victory over the Raptors on Monday. The Golden State rookie was given more court time the next day against the Cavaliers. Green did not disappoint, scoring seven points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench. Golden State picked up another win on Thursday, beating the Mavericks, 100-97, as Green contributed five points and five rebounds. Though Green did not record any points in 12 minutes of time on Saturday, the Warriors captured their fourth straight victory, a 113-93 decision over the Suns.
This week Suns guard Shannon Brown continued to show why he is a reliable bench player. He racked up eight points and three rebounds on Wednesday in a 92-86 win over the struggling Lakers. Two days later, Brown broke out. The playmaker racked up 20 points, shooting 7-11 from the field, in a 109-99 loss to the Mavericks. He could not duplicate his stellar performance on Saturday, but still provided five points and four boards in a 113-93 loss to the Warriors.
February has been unkind to Raptors guard Alan Anderson so far. He’s shot 1-11 from the field, only recording four points in two games. In the previous two games, the shooting guard posted double digit point totals. He tallied 11 in a 114-102 loss to the Warriors on Monday and 15 in a close loss to the Hawks on Wednesday. Anderson continues to be a top option for the Raptors coming off the bench, though.
Jason Richardson missed his sixth consecutive game with left knee synovitis on Friday. As outlined by sportsclinic.net, “Knee synovitis occurs when the synovial membrane, which lines and lubricates the knee joint, becomes inflamed.” The 76ers guard underwent MRIs and was examined by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vali, Colorado, according to Jason Wolf of Delaware’s News Journal. Richardson is out indefinitely, as fluid continues to build up in his knee. The 32-year old, usually injury-free, has been injury-prone this season. Earlier in the year, he was forced to sit out four games due to a left ankle sprain and one game because of a lower back strain. For the full story on Richardson, check it out here: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130202/SPORTS03/302020039/Richardson-s-knee-still-hurting