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There are nine games remaining in the 2011 NBA regular season. This time of the year usually produces memorable performances, and memorable heartbreaks for teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs. All of us at “Spartan Nation”, can hold our heads high knowing that at least three former Spartans will be making headlines this postseason.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers continue to play stellar basketball. The Lakers are 15-1 since All-Star break, and its looking as though another championship run is in the making. Shannon Brown continues to be a force off of the bench. Brown utilizes his athleticism to please the crowd with high flying dunks. His point production  has been down over the past week, and he is only shooting 33% from the field. This might be due to the resurgence of Ron Artest’s offense. The Lakers are 53-20, and lead the Pacific Division.

 

The Orlando Magic are making a strong push to round out the regular season. Jason Richardson continues to amaze me with his solid play. Jason was traded at the beginning of the season to a team with a different style of offense. This often times can cause problems because it leaves the player to adjust. The window of adjustment was small for Richardson because the Magic are trying to get back to the NBA finals before Dwight Howard becomes a free agent. Richardson averaged 12 points for the week while shooting 40 percent from the field. The Eastern Conference is wide open since the Celtic’s traded away Kendrick Perkins.  The Magic are 47-26 and are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

 

Despite losing star player Rudy Gay, the Memphis Grizzlies continue so show heart, grit, and determination. Much of this can be credited to their anchor in the middle. Ive said it numerous times throughout writing theses updates, and ill say it again. Zach Randolph is the most underrated power forward in the NBA. Zach has been averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds for the season. The Grizzlies have made tremendous strides this year. Around this time last season, they Grizzlies were contemplating trading their lottery pick and were no where in the playoff conversation. What a difference a year makes. The Grizzlies are now 41-33 and hold the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff picture. Their owner must be proud.

 

Charlie Bell has not played in a game since February 12.

 

Morris Peterson is no longer a member of the Bobcats. His contract was bought out, and he was waived.

 

Drew Naymick continues to play for the Bakersfield Jam of the developmental league. He is averaging 8.4 points per game along with 7.5 rebounds.