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Shannon Brown rebounded from last week’s shooting slump, however his resurgence didn’t correct the Lakers inconsistent play. Brown averaged 8.5 points, while his playing time significantly increased to the tune of 20 minutes per game. Shannon continues to be an important part of the Lakers’ second unit. His athleticism and perimeter defense are vital to the team’s success. The Lakers’ biggest opponent this year has proven to be themselves, and championship hangover might be the cause. Despite the inconsistent and erratic play, the Lakers sit atop the Pacific Division with a 33-15 record.

 

 

While Shannon Brown rebounded from last week’s slump, Jason Richardson sank deeper into his. The Orlando Magic shooting guard managed to only shoot 30 percent from the field this week. This included an 0-6 (3 point attempts) outing against the Detroit Pistons. We here at “Spartan Nation”, know its just a matter of time until Jason breaks out. As All-Star break approaches, one can’t help but wonder how good the Magic really are. Will this be the season they exercise the Boston Celtic demon? Time will only tell. The Magic are second place in the Southeast Division with an overall record of 33-17.

 

 

Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies took an important step as a team this week. They actually are a .500 team now. The Grizzlies won three out of there four contests, and now are only 2 games behind the Portland Trailblazers. Randolph’s sizzling play continues to carry the Grizzlies’ front court. His 24 points and 20 rebound performance against the Washington Wizards continues to solidify his presence in the middle. This could very well be the year that Memphis makes good on their owner’s guarantee that they would make the playoffs.

 

Charlie Bell remained inactive this week. He hasn’t played since December 13th.

 

Morris Peterson remained inactive this week. He hasn’t played since December 12th.

 

Drew Naymick and Idong Ibok continue to play in the NBA’s “Development League.” Naymick is averaging 6.1 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game with the Bakersfield Jam. Ibok is averaging 1.3 ppg and 1.9 rebounds per game with the New Mexico Thunderbirds.