Your Weekly Spartans in the NBA Report

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Zach Randolph had another phenomenal week for the Grizzlies. The power forward notched a double-double in three of his team’s four games, displaying his skill in the post. Randolph started the week off well, tallying 14 points and 10 rebounds in an easy 92-77 victory over the Timberwolves on Monday. The veteran continued his success on Wednesday, racking up 15 points and 18 rebounds despite shooting only 6 of 23 from the field. Randoph’s lone game without a double-double occurred on Friday, though he came quite close to achieving one. The forward earned a respectable 14 points and nine boards in a 90-83 loss to the Hornets. Randolph posted an impressive performance the next day, helping the Grizzlies snag a 110-106 victory over the Celtics. Shooting 5 of 13 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line, Randolph scored 15 points and brought down 11 rebounds in the win.

Though Alan Anderson opened the week with a lackluster outing, the Raptors guard followed it up with an outstanding performance a couple days later. Following a four-point, three-assist night on Wednesday, Anderson exploded for a career-high 35 points on Friday against the Knicks. The former Spartan singlehandedly kept the game close in the second half, putting 20 points on the board for Toronto in the third quarter. He shot an amazing 11 of 18 from the field (61.1%) on the night. “It feels real good personally, but when you can’t get the win, you wish you did a little more,” Anderson said of his big night.

Memphis teammate Amir Johnson also talked about Anderson after the game, “He has an offensive mindset. He has a great shot. He comes in and gives us a great lift and he has been doing that all season long,” Johnson explained to Raptors HQ.com. “He definitely is a vet, he knows his spots and he knows when to pick and choose. We know what he is going to give us every night.” The wily veteran finished out the week by recording 14 points and four rebounds in a 110-84 loss to the Knicks on Saturday.

Draymond Green experienced a relatively quiet week, as the Golden State rookie did not get much playing time in the team’s three contests. The small forward picked up two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in Monday’s 93-72 triumph over the Hornets. He was then credited with four points and two blocks in 14 minutes of court time on Wednesday in a 104-93 loss to the Spurs. Green received only six minutes of time on Saturday in a 101-92 victory over the Wizards. The forward managed two rebounds on the night.

Suns point guard Shannon Brown saw the court for the first time in five games on Wednesday. He notched four points in nine minutes of playing time during an 88-79 loss to the Wizards. Two days later, the veteran received even more time. In 21 minutes of court time, he tallied four points and two rebounds in a 117-86 loss to the Timberwolves.

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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