Daily Five: Blake Griffin's Return is Closer and are the Spurs Done as Contenders?
Each morning, we'll take a quick look at five of the most important stories going on in the NBA.
DC Sports Bog: "With the whole world paying attention, and with many of his fans just praying for him to hide in some old barn and be quiet for a few days, he launched one of the most bizarre and inappropriate series of Tweets imaginable, considering the circumstances. The tone, if nothing else, immediately undermined his apology. This really wasn't the time for jokes about different colored people throwing paraplegics into the ocean, nor was it the time for gauntlet-chucks like this: "pls dont take what i say serious or i will piss off from time 2 time becuz i dont hav a filter on my jokes.""
Wages of Wins: "On Sunday, though, the Spurs lost to the Toronto Raptors. This defeat dropped San Antonio’s record in 2009-10 to 20-12, or a 62.5% winning percentage. Such a mark projects to only 50 wins across the entire regular season. For some teams – such as the Raptors (who have never won 60% of their regular season games) – a 50 win season would be cause for celebration. But for the Spurs, the current mark suggests that years of championship contention have come to an end."
Britt Robson: "Randolph has earned his bad reputation by punching teammates (he broke Ruben Patterson's eye socket in 2003) and opponents (suspended two games for hitting Phoenix's Louis Amundson in the face last year) and for being arrested more than once. On the court, he's been regarded as an indifferent defender and a black hole on offense. But there have been no negative incidents early in his tenure in Memphis, and Randolph's ability to get — and, increasingly, share — the ball has more than compensated for defensive numbers that are slightly below average. (The Grizzlies allow 2.3 more points per 100 possessions when he's on the court than when he sits, but score 5.2 points more per 100 possessions.)"Continued on the next page