Tag:Manu Ginobili
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:19 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Ginobili doubtful for Game 1 with elbow sprain

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili left Wednesday's game with an elbow injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. manu-ginobili-elbow

Update: 

The San Antonio Spurs announced on Thursday that guard Manu Ginobili is "doubtful" for Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies after an MRI revealed he sprained his elbow on Wednesday night. Here's the team's full statement. 
"Spurs guard Manu Ginobili had an MRI earlier today in San Antonio. The MRI showed that he has a right elbow sprain. The injury occurred in the first quarter of last night’s Spurs-Suns game. Ginobili has already begun his rehabilitation process and will be listed as doubtful for Game 1 of the Spurs-Grizzlies series, which is scheduled for noon on Sunday at the AT&T Center.
Original Post:

Less than four minutes into the first quarter of a Wednesday night game against the Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili left the game with a right elbow injury. Ginobili was shown clutching his arm on the bench in significant pain and was quickly escorted to the locker room by Spurs training staff.

During second quarter action, the San Antonio Express-News reported: "Manu Ginobili has a hyperextended right elbow. X-rays are negative. He will be re-examined Thursday in San Antonio." 

The paper noted shortly after Ginobili went down that he "appeared to get his elbow bent backwards on collision with Duncan/Grant Hill ... Whatever happened, he's in some serious pain."

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich had rested Ginobili during Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers but decided to use Wednesday night's game as a playoff tune-up. Should Ginobili miss any time due to the injury, the second-guessers will be out in full force.

Ginobili is averaging 17.6 points, 5.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals this season. He has appeared in 80 games this year for the Spurs. 

San Antonio is locked into the Western Conference's No. 1 seed. They will face the No. 8 seed Memphis Grizzlies.
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:42 am
 

How the West was won by San Antonio

Spurs clinch top seed in the West. How the West was won.
Posted by Matt Moore




Not a bad way to finish a season you were expected to land middle of the pack. The San Antonio Spurs crushed the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night (while Tyreke Evans crushed Gary Neal in all sorts of dirty ways), and the Lakers dropped a bizarre game to the Golden State Warriors (their third straight loss, and so the Spurs wind up with the Z. As in the Z in the standings signifying they have clinched homecourt advantage in the Western Conference Playoffs. 

There are questions about the Spurs, let's be clear. This thing became a race down the stretch because San Antonio started to show some very real weaknesses, particularly on the defensive end. But now's not the time for that. Now it's time to celebrate the Spurs for one of their best seasons in history and Pop's work in turning a team that was ousted in the second round by the Suns last season into the West's top slot. 

The Spurs' offense really is a thing of beauty. It's not the constant-ball-movement, high-pace dervish that the Phoenix Suns were a few years ago, and in fact, it has slipped to third in the league in recent weeks. But it's still the very model of efficiency. It relies on individual players creating mismatches with ability, not necessarily athletic prowess, like Manu Ginobili's ability to slip between defenders and then whip passes to the corner, and Tim Duncan's ability to pass out of the low post to kick start rotations. If the defense remains set, they have playmakers to finish at the rim, like Tony Parker and George Hill. But if it starts to commit, the Spurs will punish you with a flurry of perimeter movement to find the open shooter. They have mainstays, like Tim Duncan's short game, and can hammer the glass with DeJuan Blair and Antonio McDyess

Richard Jefferson's perimeter ability has been a monumental reason for the Spurs' offensive up-tick. Jefferson jumped 12 percent from long range from last season, going from a 32 percent shooter to a 44 percent shooter. Much of this is attributable to his devotion to working out of the corner. Spurs' shooters have always made their money from there, and Jefferson finally bought in to that tactic. When he did, he found open look after open look. With his size and length, he's got an advantage on defenders trying to close, and he's lived up to the contract he signed this summer with San Antonio which was questioned. 

The Spurs have won their fair share of big games against tough opponents, with wins over the Lakers, Heat, Mavericks, Bulls, and Magic. They feature a deep and formidable bench with shooters like Matt Bonner, rugged frontcourt rebounders like Blair and McDyess (depending on who's starting), and George Hill is a nice change of pace guard. Rookie Gary Neal has come on and shown that even rookies can get minutes in Popovich's rotations. This may be a deeper team than some of the championship squads. 

But in the end, their hopes rest with the Big 3. Tim Duncan has said publicly several times this season that he knows his time is growing short. Manu Ginobili is no spring chicken. Popovich will only want to continue doing this for so long. And eventually the time will come for Peter Holt to trim down his expenses on a small market franchise. If this is the last ride for the Duncan-era Spurs, it will be the Big 3 that will have to carry them to glory in the face of the most loaded league they've ever had to battle through. But, quietly as always, this team has shown it knows how to win, and it's hungry for that fifth piece of jewelry. 

Yes, there are defensive issues, but the fact remains: this is the best team in the Western Conference in 2011, and if they hit that playoff gear, there's every reason to believe they'll be right there competing for the title deep in the playoffs.
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Manu Ginobili out tonight for Spurs

Posted by Royce Young

According to the San Antonio Express-News , Manu Ginboili will miss Monday's game versus Portland.

Ginobili injured his thigh against Memphis Sunday night.


Of course the Spurs have been without Tim Duncan as well the past week because of an ankle sprain and as a result, San Antonio has lost three straight. They still hold a solid four game lead on the Lakers for the West's top spot, but L.A. is charging and with the Spurs dealing with injury, that could tighten these last few weeks.

Either George Hill or Gary Neal will likely start in place of Ginobili.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 27, 2011 9:11 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Spurs G Ginobili bruises thigh, status 'in doubt'

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili left Sunday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies due to a thigh injury. Posted by Ben Golliver.

As we noted earlier on Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs have their eyes set on a deep playoff run, but only if they can stay healthy. After losing franchise big man Tim Duncan to an ankle injury last week, another member of the team's big three went down on Sunday night.

MySanAntonio.com reports that the team's leading scorer, guard Manu Ginobili suffered a left thigh injury shortly before halftime of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Manu Ginobili left the game at mid third quarter due to a thigh bruise. He was hurt late in the first half and started the second half. He was taken back out with 6:10 left in the third quarter. Ginobili played 19 minutes and had two points on 1 of 3 shooting.
After the game, MySanAntonio.com reported that the injury wasn't "serious" but that Ginobili's status is "in doubt". 
Stiff-legged, with a gait recalling that of Frankenstein’s monster, Manu Ginobili hobbled down a hallway at the FedEx Forum after the Spurs’ 111-104 loss to Memphis on Sunday night. A left quadriceps contusion had knocked him out for most of the second half, and cast into doubt his availability for Monday’s home game against Portland.
“At first, when I came to the bench, I thought I was going to be OK,” Ginobili said. “Then it stiffened up. I can’t put my full weight on it.”
Here's video of the play.



The Spurs play next on Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers in San Antonio. The Blazers beat the Spurs in dramatic fashion on Friday night in Portland. 

Without both Duncan and Ginobili, the Spurs fell to the Grizzlies, 111-104. The loss dropped San Antonio to 57-16 on the season and marked the first time the Spurs have lost three games in a row this season. San Antonio's lead over the Los Angeles Lakers is now down to 4.5 games. The win improved Memphis, the West's No. 8 seed, to 41-33.
Posted on: March 27, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Road to the Finals: San Antonio Spurs

Assuming they get Tim Duncan back healthy, the Spurs are eying a Western Conference Finals date with the Los Angeles Lakers. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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When the San Antonio Spurs contingent descended upon All-Star Weekend back in February, their message was unanimous: Our luck avoiding injuries has been incredible, and we just hope it lasts. “Honest to God, you look over your shoulder thinking something’s got to happen,” coach Gregg Popovich joked to reporters in Los Angeles.

Well, something did happen. Franchise big man Tim Duncan, the engine of more than a decade of Spurs dominance, severely sprained his ankle last week. For the team with the league’s best record, Duncan’s absence has prompted a total reevaluation. Point guard Tony Parker summed it up recently, telling the San Antonio News Express that San Antonio is “not going anywhere in the playoffs without him.” That, evaluation, of course, is representative of the perputally high standards in San Antonio, one of the rare NBA cities where advancing to the second round of the playoffs isn't a triumph. 

Parker’s statement made it clear, if it wasn't already, that San Antonio has sky-high internal expectations this season. As they should. Despite a two-game losing streak, the Spurs possess a league-best 57-15 record, a stunning figure given the lack of name players complementing the longtime core trio of Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili

The Spurs have succeeded by owning the fundamentals and mastering the basics with a consistency that’s unrivaled in today’s pro game. They move the ball brilliantly and unselfishly, confidently and purposefully. They move without the ball aggressively and always with the team concept in mind. Their perimeter players are extremely disciplined, feasting on the clean looks created by the ball movement and Parker’s ability to probe defenses off the dribble (17.4 points and 6.6 assists a game). The Spurs can still dump it in to Duncan (13.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game) and expect him to deliver when it matters and Ginobili remains one of the game's best late-game decision-makers (18.0 points and 5.0 assists). Together, it’s made for the league’s second most efficient offense through Sunday, a unit that scores more points per possession than both the star-laden Miami Heat and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. This is "fives fingers equals a fist" offense at its best.

Road To The Finals

Defensively, San Antonio is the king of getting your hopes up on paper: Duncan’s lost a half-step, power forward DeJuan Blair is undersized, wing Richard Jefferson is past his prime, and Matt Bonner is Matt Bonner. And yet their commitment to team defense, their uncanny ability to take away their opponents’ first option, and their opportunistic ability to push out in transition off turnovers have combined to make this a nearly elite defensive unit that's earned respect around the league, even in Duncan's absence. “They do a good job of rotating. Just that experience that they have, they have won a lot of championships, they know how to adjust in-game really well," Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy said before Friday night's game against San Antonio in Portland.

The juggernaut has just one real weakness: interior depth. A big man rotation of Duncan (28 minutes per game), Blair (21.8 minutes per game), Bonner (21.6 minutes per game), veteran forward Antonio McDyess (18.5 minutes per game) and promising but minimally used center Tiago Splitter (12.0 minutes per game) is solid but not superb. The Spurs are only slightly above average at clearing the defensive boards and they ask their wings and guards to rebound more than they would probably like. It's worth noting that Duncan will almost certainly see his minutes ramp up significantly in the post-season, which could change things a bit.

Regardless, the surest way for a team to send San Antonio home is to pound the paint, crash the boards and limit turnovers, extracting the maximum efficiency from each offensive possession by forcing San Antonio’s starting bigs to play with fouls and work tirelessly on the defensive glass. Surveying San Antonio’s most likely first round opponents – the New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies – none figures to have the ability to do that, at least on paper.

The Hornets lost their star forward and leading scorer David West to a season-ending ACL injury this week, leaving recently backup forward Carl Landry and Emeka Okafor, never a true go-to scoring option, to pick up the interior slack. Given San Antonio’s ability to throw multiple defensive looks at Chris Paul and New Orleans’ lack of a bench, a series between the two teams very well could end in a sweep.

The hard-charging Houston Rockets, winners of five straight, are looking to salvage their season by making a nice post-deadline run. Guard Kyle Lowry is leading the way with his strong recent play, but the Rockets would almost certainly be exposed as fool’s gold if they do manage to sneak into the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed. Houston is really an off-brand version of the Spurs, a cut below San Antonio in every way, even their strengths. They have very efficient guard play, but not as good as San Antonio’s. They can put up points, but not with the same efficiency as San Antonio. They are hurting on the inside even more than the Spurs and their overall team defense suffers for it. This would likely be another cakewalk for the favorite.

San Antonio’s least favorable first round matchup on paper is the team that they are most likely to face: their Sunday night opponent, the Memphis Grizzlies.   Memphis sports an excellent scoring, offensive rebounding and foul-drawing duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, and the pair will do damage against the Spurs, the only question is how much. But Popovich has made a career out of chewing up and spitting out teams that aren’t ready for the big stage. I already feel sorry for Mike Conley, a talented point guard but one with no playoff experience. He has no idea – he simply can’t know – what’s about to hit him when the post-season begins. The Grizzlies, a slightly below average offense thsi season, are also entering the playoffs without star wing Rudy Gay, a versatile scorer who would be critical to freeing up Randolph and Gasol inside. Without Gay, it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to envision the Grizzlies keeping up.

As Parked noted, though, clocking one of the West’s weaker sisters is not going to be enough for the Spurs. Their road to the Finals will go through whichever team emerges from a first round series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets. Those are two talented, motivated, athletic, balanced teams, and the winner of that series will be riding a wave of confidence into Texas. San Antonio is 33-3 at home on the season, another league-best figure, a fact that will weigh heavily in the second round, as both the Thunder and Nuggets are solid at home in front of their excited crowds. Oklahoma City, newly balanced with the addition of Kendrick Perkins, figures to be the tougher match-up because their elite skill level and athleticism will stress and stretch San Antonio’s older players. Denver, though, possesses the one offense in the league that is more efficient than San Antonio’s and George Karl is as good a match for Popovich as there is in the NBA. Neither will be an easy draw and both series have a solid chance of going six, if not seven games.

Should the Spurs weather that tough second round they will almost certainly have to go through the team that presents the greatest set of challenges: the Los Angeles Lakers. With an interior trio of Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, the Lakers are versatile, long, athletic and immensely talented, a nightmare group that will require San Antonio to regularly provide interior help, scrambling their defense. Both Parker and George Hill are tough match-ups for the Lakers, and would likely have a field day, but L.A.’s wing defenders are experienced and physical enough to make life significantly more difficult for San Antonio’s tertiary perimeter players. Stripping away the hype, not much separates Kobe Bryant and Manu Ginobili these days, and both have the ability to take and make game-winners in front of a hostile crowd on the road, a rare commodity in the NBA.

If the Lakers played with San Antonio’s discipline and consistency, a series between the two teams would be no contest. As it stands, though, the West’s top two teams are on a crash course for an entertaining, drag-out Western Conference Finals. Assuming San Antonio gets Duncan back healthy -- and they do expect him back in time for the start of the playoffs -- they’ve got a legit shot at dethroning the reigning champs.

Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:54 am
 

Did the Spurs peak too early?

Tim Duncan is out for a while, but is that the least of the Spurs' problems? 
Posted by Matt Moore




It seems like everything's fine in Spurs World. Sure there were a few losses to the Heat and Lakers, but they've been blasting teams just the same. They're going to finish with well over 60 wins. They blasted the Warriors into smithereens on Monday night by 15. All's well with San Antonio, and it's just a matter of resting up and getting ready for the playoffs. 

Yeah, about that. 

Let's start with the news that Tim Duncan will be out for a "while" according to the always-effusive Gregg Popovich after spraining his ankle. X-rays were negative for Duncan's ankle but the fact remains that the Spurs will be finishing the season, save possibly a handful of games with their Hall-of-Fame power forward. Then all they have to do is get his conditioning back to NBA-level, re-establish chemistry and rotations that might have shifted with him out and hope that he doesn't suffer any more trouble in a 34-year-old body that's played 1,745 games in its career. 

But that's not the real issue. Duncan's had physical problems before, nearly every season. The real question is whether this Spurs team peaked too early. 

The winner of the NBA championship is rarely the best team the entire season. It is often times the team that was the best, consistently, throughout the course of the season. But there are peaks and valleys. The Lakers and Celtics both struggled in the second half of last season. We're not talking "didn't look like world-beaters." We're talking "didn't look like Bobcat-beaters." But they always do find their groove at the right time, which is, you know, the playoffs. Otherwise they wouldn't be champions. The Celtics managed to instantly manifest themselves as contenders in the playoffs. The Lakers showed late-season signs of life before rolling over the West on their way to the title. The Spurs? They looked nigh-on unbeatable in December, but as the season progresses, they seem to be limping to the start of the second season. And I'm not just talking Duncan's ankle. 

For example, the Spurs have been 24-12 this season against playoff teams. But they are just 5-5 in their last 10 games against playoff teams. In their last eight games against playoff teams, they have a negative efficiency differential (they are being outscored by their playoff opponents per 100 possessions). Perhaps you're thinking that's just the result of the 110-80 loss to the Heat. But in reality, in those last eight playoff matchups, they had a negative efficiency differential in four of the contest. When they were successful, they outscored their opponents by 12.6 points per 100 possessions. When they were not, they were outscored by 19.7 points. Here, try this one. Let's throw out both Heat games, one a dominant Spurs laugher and the other an embarrassing Heat blowout. The result is that in their last six games against playoff opponents non-Heat, when they win, they outscore the other team by 6.1 points per 100 possessions. When they lose, they are beaten by 15.5 points per 100 points. 

But those are just numbers, really. They can be spun anyway, and who cares if the Spurs haven't been dominant in what is customarily a coasting period. But the same concerns are present in their play. The Spurs have taken their high-octane offense, good-not-elite defense approach as far as they can, and now have to become something else. Instantly. A team which features George Hill, still relatively inexperienced, and DeJuan Blair often starting and Matt Bonner as their fourth big in the rotation has to become a defensive stalwart. This team is often spoken of as if it resembles those championship teams, but the makeup is wholly different outside of Duncan, Popovich, Ginobili and Parker. The core is the same, sure, but one of the central structures of those teams was a series of veteran wing defenders. Those wing defenders have been replaced by a core of bigs including Bonner, the aging aged Antonio McDyess, and the inexperienced Tiago Splitter, still working his way into the rotation.

The Spurs are obviously a contender for the NBA championship. You can't win that many games and not be one. But at some point, the question has to be raised whether they peaked sometime in the NBA's hidden months or whether they have that extra gear that defines championship teams. It would be some sort of bizarre twist of fate if the best regular season team of the Popovich era was also unprepared for the postseason. That would be interesting, humorous, and it is definitely not something you want to bet on. But the question is there. 
Posted on: March 12, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Video: The bat returns to San Antonio

Posted by Royce Young

This time, Manu Ginobili wasn't playing hero. He cited the eight rabies shots he had to take as the reason he wasn't messing with the bat.

“I was not gonna get close to that thing. It came close a couple of times, but I said, ‘No, I’m not it,” said Ginobili. “I took eight shots last time, and I’m not going to repeat that. Somebody else. That was painful, uncomfortable.”

Instead, he gave a little wag of the finger and let someone else deal with it. Smart, Manu, smart.

Posted on: March 7, 2011 5:52 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Eye on the MVP: Who's still in the running?

Posted by Royce Young



We've all been talking about the MVP, well, since before the season even started. We're fascinated by it. Winning the award is something that places you with the legends.

And with two-time winner LeBron James taking his talents south to join forces with Dwyane Wade, most felt like for the first time in a few years, the trophy has opened up to the field.

There's a little more than a month to go before the NBA regular season closes its doors and while teams are battling for playoff position (or ping-pong balls), there's also a pretty good skirmish going on for the MVP. Most would agree it's kind of narrowing down to a three-man race, but I see it as five that still have a shot at winning the award. Here's what each needs to do to maybe get his name etched on the Maurice Podoloff Trophy.

Derrick Rose:
He's already jumped the biggest hurdle. He has everyone buzzing about his candidacy. National talking heads bring his name up first in most every discussion and he's near the top of every list. Rose asked before the season why he couldn't be the MVP and it appears that he's answering his own question: He can be.

Rose has the leg up on the competition because he plays in an extremely visible market for a traditional power that's winning. He's carried a wounded Bulls team to Eastern contention and has put up sexy stats to go with it. He's missing a couple signature moments though, as the Bulls tend to win close games more on the defensive end than by Rose taking over. For instance, against Miami, while he had some big buckets in the fourth, he almost gave the game away with a bad backcourt turnover and an airball. The Bulls won anyway, so we forgot about it. But Rose needs a moment or two.

In the end though, I think he'll win this award if the Bulls just keep winning. If they can push all the way to 60 wins, the award is entirely Rose's. But if they can at least overtake the Heat, it'll be hard to rule against him.

Dwight Howard:
You can't deny Howard's numbers. They are, well, insane . Look at the path of destruction he left in February: 27 points and 14 rebounds per game on almost 70 percent shooting. And he's picked right up from there so far in March.

But playing a position where it's tough to win, plus the increasing issue of his technical problem, Howard isn't going to win this award unless the Magic make a run. He's picking up steam and people are taking notice of what he's meant to a jumbled Magic roster. But finishing fourth or fifth in the East probably isn't going to get it done when Rose's Bulls are pushing for the top seed.

The Magic need to finish really well behind the strength of Howard. If that happens and Orlando gets to third in the East, he could absolutely sneak in and steal the MVP. But Howard's not winning unless his Magic overtake Rose's Bulls.

LeBron James: All we are thinking about right now with LeBron is failure. We're thinking about the shots he's missed in crunch time, how he's come up short in big moments so far for the Heat. His numbers are pretty much as good as ever and with the way the Cavaliers have tanked without him, his perceived value is pretty much at an all-time high.

But if he's going to take a third straight MVP, he's got to come up with some big plays over the next month. The Heat are going to finish with a nice record and their share of wins. LeBron will have eye-popping stats as always. But to separate himself in terms of value, he has to become The Guy That Wins Games. Right now, people associate him with missing big shots or with coming up short.

His team isn't beating the good teams and he's accepted responsibility for that. He can still win this thing because he's freaking LeBron James (don't forget that, but in order to do it, he's going to have to win back a lot of doubters.

Dirk Nowitzki: In terms of pure resume, nobody has a better one. He's been awesome this year. His team has been awesome. Without him, they lost, a lot. I think with those three things, Dirk meets the incredibly vague MVP criteria as good as anyone.

Dirk has one MVP to his name so it's not like he's some long shot, unsexy pick here. He's one of the league's elite scorers and leaders. He means as much to that Mavericks team as anyone else on any roster. He's not a highlight factory. He doesn't finish above the rim. His defense doesn't catch your eye. But he hits big shots, comes up in big moments and his team just wins, with him at the center of it.

It doesn't feel like Dirk is going to win this thing because the buzz doesn't appear to be there, but don't ignore him. He needs some big time box scores and some big moments to grab attention because just winning and playing well doesn't seem to be doing it.

Kevin Durant:
The preseason favorite and as a result, he was cursed by high expectations. Everyone loved him to win this award and while he definitely had the needed hype, he also had the burden of expectation. People figured he would just build on last season's awesome campaign by following up with an even better 2010-11. The reality is, his team is better, they're going to win their division, probably finish fourth in the West (or higher) and he has pretty similar numbers to last year, where he finished as the runner-up to LeBron.

It's not Durant's fault that you penciled him in for 35 points per game this year. He's still having a terrific year and is going to win his second straight scoring title, all while his team improved and is a real contender in the incredibly tough Western Conference.

If he's going to get his name to the top of the list though, he has to finish strong. He needs a couple massive efforts, some late game heroics and for good measure, it'd be nice if the Thunder could get on a roll and take over third in the West. Durant's a big of a long shot right now, but he definitely has the chops to get there.

FOUR DARKHORSES

These four won't win, but they deserve a mention:

LaMarcus Aldridge: A player that elevates his game when the franchise player goes down for an extended period and therefore, his team wins more? I think that qualifies someone for MVP consideration. After Brandon Roy had his knees scoped, Aldridge cranked his game to another level. If the Blazers could rip of a good streak and get into the top four of the West, I'd be inclined to give him my imaginary vote.

Manu Ginobili: He's having one of his very best seasons for the best team in the league. When you look at the Spurs roster, it's hard to locate an MVP because nobody's numbers pop out. But Ginobili has been awesome for them.

Zach Randolph:
The Grizzlies are rising, and this is without Rudy Gay. The reason? Zach Randolph has been spectacular. He's averaging 20.3 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. If his name was Blake Griffin and he jumped over compact cars, we'd all be freaking out about everything he did. Don't short Randolph just because of his market and because of his style.

Russell Westbrook: Look at his numbers compared to Derrick Rose. Westbrook's are actually a bit better. Yes, he plays with Durant, but LeBron plays with Wade and that's not hurting things. Hey, I'm just sayin'.
 
 
 
 
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