Your Spartans in the NBA Weekly Report…

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76ers guard Jason Richardson will be forced to sit out the rest of the season with a knee injury. As reported by the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the 32-year old will soon undergo surgery on his knee, requiring him to sit out for nine to twelve months following the operation. Richardson, who started 33 contests for the Sixers this year, missed eight games before Philadelphia opted for surgery. The veteran guard averaged 10.5 points per game for the 76ers this season.

Zach Randolph was magnificent this week, posting two double doubles and two 20-point performances for the Grizzlies. The power forward notched 21 points and 13 rebounds on Tuesday in a 96-90 loss to the Suns. He then added 20 points and seven boards the next day during a 103-92 loss to the Hawks. On Friday, Randolph helped Memphis end its modest two-game slide, posting 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 99-93 victory over the Warriors. The veteran forward finished out the week with 16 points and eight rebounds on Sunday, steering the Grizzlies to a 105-88 trouncing of the Timberwolves.

Shannon Brown provided a solid bench presence for the Suns this week. The point guard helped Phoenix pick up a 96-90 triumph over the Grizzlies on Tuesday, providing five points on the evening. He contributed six points and four rebounds the next night in a 93-84 loss to the Hornets. The Suns concluded a four game road trip on Friday, as Brown netted five points and five boards in a 127-96 loss to the Thunder. The six-year veteran finished out the week with four points and three rebounds in a 97-69 loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday.

The Warriors struggled mightily this week, dropping four games in a row. The team suffered a big loss on Tuesday, as the Rockets routed Golden State, 140-109. Houston nailed 23 shots from behind the arc on the night, tying the NBA record. Draymond Green recorded eight points and two rebounds for the Warriors in the defeat. The power forward nabbed six rebounds the next day in a 119-98 loss to the Thunder. Green and the Warriors suffered a 99-93 loss to Randolph and the Grizzlies on Friday. Green brought down six rebounds and recorded four points in the contest. Golden State ended the week with a 116-91 defeat to the Mavericks on Saturday. The rookie saw 23 minutes of court time in the match, the most he logged all week. Green took advantage of the extra playing time, racking up eight points and nine rebounds.

Alan Anderson’s February slump continued this week, though the forward showed signs of improvement on Sunday. The Toronto forward tallied just five points in 28 minutes of court time in a 99-95 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday. He only received four minutes of time on Friday during a 100-98 victory over the Pacers. But on Sunday, Anderson turned in a respectable performance. He racked up 11 points as well as three steals, rebounds and assists. In the month of February, Anderson is shooting 22.6% from the field. After his solid game on Sunday, Anderson will be looking to improve that number as the month wears on.

Joe Ginley is the newest writer for the Spartan Nation website and magazine. He writes Spartans in the NFL and State of the Spartans among other articles. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe brings a great passion for sports and a great flexibility in writing skills.

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