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How long will Randolph accept bench role?

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08:08 AM ET 04.12 | Zach Randolph, with 17 points and nine rebounds Wednesday, certainly is contributing, though some wonder about how he fits in the rotation. Questions continue to fly about Randolph's role coming off the bench, and how long the Grizzlies' big man will accept it. [Lionel Hollins] praised Randolph's production and improved conditioning. Randolph looks stronger and more active with every passing day. ... Hollins said he spoke with Randolph about why playing off the bench helps balance this roster. Hollins likes Randolph paired with O.J. Mayo and Gilbert Arenas for offensive potency and an inside-out presence off the bench. "It's all about winning," Randolph said. "As long as we're winning, that's all that matters."

Memphis Commercial Appeal

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April 12, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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Pleaseforward comments to mike woodson and amare

+1

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April 12, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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Pleaseforward comments to mike woodson and amare

Well this is simple logic. Amare has to come from the bench when he's ready. Now if Woodson doesn't have the balls to bench him like D'Antoni didn't have the balls to bench Melo, you can trust Dolan to show him the door as well. Let's face it Amare coming back straight into the starting line up won't work right away.

Miami will also be better if they can have Wade come off the bench.

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April 12, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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Memphis is scary good. Like I said 3 weeks ago. Any team who faces Memphis in the first round will lose.

Clippers... beware!

April 12, 2012  09:18 AM ET

It's Not Who Starts But Who Finishes, Bros.

April 12, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Clippers... beware!

OKC be scared. Durant's group is primed to get upstaged in the playoffs. They're still a run a gun team that's had all year to establish a slimmed down Perkins in the post but they haven't done that. So they have no interior game.

Drive and kick is fun to watch but it doesn't get the job done in the playoffs. They have themselves to blame if they get bounced early.

April 12, 2012  10:54 AM ET

You can trust the Knicks will be shown the door in the first round regardless. :)

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April 12, 2012  11:07 AM ET

With Z-Bo, Mayo, Arenas and Tony Allen coming off the bench, the Grizz have the best second unit in the league. Western Conference beware; this team could make a serious, deep playoff run.

April 12, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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Well this is simple logic. Amare has to come from the bench when he's ready. Now if Woodson doesn't have the balls to bench him like D'Antoni didn't have the balls to bench Melo, you can trust Dolan to show him the door as well. Let's face it Amare coming back straight into the starting line up won't work right away. Miami will also be better if they can have Wade come off the bench.

There is no way in the world that D Wade should be coming off the bench for Miami. There is no reason to do that.

And Melo never needed to be benched. D'Antoni needed to be as shown by Melo now flourishing under Woodson and the Knicks as a whole being a better team now.

April 12, 2012  12:35 PM ET
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OKC be scared. Durant's group is primed to get upstaged in the playoffs. They're still a run a gun team that's had all year to establish a slimmed down Perkins in the post but they haven't done that. So they have no interior game.

Drive and kick is fun to watch but it doesn't get the job done in the playoffs. They have themselves to blame if they get bounced early.

...Which is exactly why they should not want any part of Dallas in the 1st round.

It's a bad matchup for them.


As far as Clips/Grizz... that is going to be a hell of a 4-5 matchup in the first round.

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April 12, 2012  02:19 PM ET
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...Which is exactly why they should not want any part of Dallas in the 1st round. It's a bad matchup for them. As far as Clips/Grizz... that is going to be a hell of a 4-5 matchup in the first round.

Of my 99 problem OKC aint one :)

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April 12, 2012  06:30 PM ET
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Clippers... beware!

not Spurs beware?

April 12, 2012  10:32 PM ET

Glad you're back Z-bo.

 
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