Randolph, a pending unrestricted free agent, was asked about his future with the Grizzlies and indicated that he'd like to return, Ronald Tillery of Sports56 reports. "That's my goal," said the veteran power forward. Randolph saw roughly five fewer minutes per game on average compared to last season, though he still managed a respectable 14.1 points per appearance and even had a modest spike in rebounds (8.2). He's already spent eight seasons in Memphis and that's his longest with any team since Portland drafted him 19th overall in 2001.
Randolph tallied 21 points (9-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 105-94 win over the Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs. The veteran was inserted into the starting five in an effort to spice up the Grizzlies offense and validated coach David Fizdale's decision by tying Marc Gasol for the second-highest scoring total on the night. Randolph actually took a team-high amount of shot attempts and paced Memphis in rebounds as well. While his scoring presence is missed on the second unit, Randolph could well be in for another start in Saturday's Game 4 given his level of production.
Randolph will draw the start at power forward for Thursday's Game 3 matchup against the Spurs, Rob Fischer of FOX Sports Southeast reports. With the team down 0-2 in the series, the Grizzlies will opt to switch things up, inserting Randolph into the starting five in place of JaMychal Green. It's unclear how drastic of a minutes change Randolph will see, as he's averaged 31.0 minutes per game over the past two contests. That being said, the Grizzlies have their backs against the wall, so it seems likely that their veteran forward will see as many minutes as he can handle provided the game stays close.
Randolph recorded 18 points (9-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 10 rebounds, three steals and one assist across 36 minutes during a 96-82 loss to the Spurs on Monday. After a struggle in the opening game of the series, Randolph was back to his normal self in Game 2 in the double-double effort. Monday's game also marked a bit of a rarity, as he racked up three steals for the first time since Jan. 8. Randolph received 10 more minutes in Game 2 with the game being more competitive, and will likely see minutes in the mid-30s for the remainder of the series.
Randolph finished with six points (3-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three rebounds and one assist across 26 minutes during Saturday's 111-82 loss to the Spurs. Randolph struggled against the stingy Spurs defense, missing 10 of his 13 shots from the field and only grabbing three rebounds. The performance was reminiscent of his recent 1-for-8 dud against the Knicks on April 7, where he dropped just two points, grabbed four rebounds and dished one assist. He will look to have a better outing in the team's next game against the Spurs, though with the likes of LeMarcus Aldridge, Dewayne Dedmon, David Lee and Pau Gasol likely all tasked with defending him, it certainly won't be a cakewalk.
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