Week 14: Power couple remains at the top, Parker surges ahead and it's the return of the Memphis trio to the chase
POSTED: Feb 27, 2016 5:02 PM ET
Tony Parker has looked more like Dwyane Wade recently, upping his offensive game in three victories last week.
And down the stretch they come.
If this was a horse race, the big Spaniard would slowly be pulling away from the field with about 25 games remaining.
But there's still plenty of time for another horse to make a late charge. If that's going to happen, we're putting our money on the Miami colt. Or maybe the Memphis Thoroughbred can pull off a stunner.
Last week's rank: 1
Last week's stats: 3 games, 16.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 7.7 apg
Season stats: 16.9 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.6 apg
After you glance at last week's numbers, does anything really need to be said (or written)? But for good measure, we'll pile on a couple more superlatives: 2.0 blocks per game and 94.7 percent (16-for-17) from the free-throw line. And as the highlight below illustrates, the big man still has the ability to turn back the clock from time to time.
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Last week's rank: 2
Last week's stats: 2 games, 24.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.0 apg
Season stats: 18.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.7 apg
After missing the first two games following the All-Star break, it was an up-and-down week for Wade. On Monday, he went 4-for-21 (19 percent) for 16 points in a win over Indiana. Aside from a 3-for-17 on Jan. 9, that was Wade's worst shooting performance this season with at least 10 FGA. But he followed that up with a 32-point, 11-for-20 showing Wednesday.
Last week's rank: 4
Last week's stats: 3 games, 20.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg
Season stats: 17.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.6 apg
The week started slowly with a 4-for-16, 11-point game last Friday. Two nights later, Nowitzki went for 18 points on 6-for-14. Then on Wednesday, the 7-footer went for 33 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Talk about a slow week that built with each game. He's also gone three straight games with at least two 3-pointers, with one of them helping him make more NBA history.
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Last week's rank: 3
Last week's stats: 3 games, 15.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.3 apg
Season stats: 13.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.2 apg
Twenty-five points, two points and 20 points. Which of these things is not like the other? If he had another 20-point outing instead of Monday's two-pointer, Crawford certainly would've maintained his No. 3 spot and would've gained some ground on Mr. Wade. Shifting gears, he's now connected on at least a trio of 3s in three of his last four games.
Last week's rank: 5
Last week's stats: 3 games, 16.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.0 apg
Season stats: 14.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.6 apg
It wasn't stellar or eye-popping, but it was another productive week for Randolph, who has now scored in double figures in nine straight. He's also shot better than 50 percent from the field in four of the last five and seven of nine. In his last 10 games, Randolph is shooting 53 percent from the field compared to 49.2 for the season.
Last week's rank: 10
Last week's stats: 4 games, 21.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.5 apg
Season stats: 12.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.1 apg
Did someone tell Parker to start shooting the rock? After putting up 12 or more shots in just one of the previous eight games, Parker has reached that number in five straight. The result: three straight 20-point games for the first time this season while shooting 52.4 from the field and 57.1 (4-for-7) from beyond the arc.
Last week's rank: 6
Last week's stats: 4 games, 18.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg
Season stats: 17.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.3 apg
Bryant came out of the All-Star break firing, putting up a combined 45 shots in his first two games. Of course he only hit 40 percent of them, which is a tick above what he shot for the week (36.6 FG%). Bryant hasn't shot over 50 percent since Jan. 23, a span of 12 games. He did, however, manage to put up 22 points in his Chicago finale.
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Last week's rank: 8
Last week's stats: 3 games, 16.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.3 apg
Season stats: 11.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.1 apg
It was a solid shooting week for Johnson, who managed 53.6 from the field and 37.5 from beyond the arc. He also went for 17 or more points in two of three games. In fact, Johnson has shot 50 percent or better in five of his last eight games. Now, after being waived by the Nets, will reportedly be taking his talents to South Beach.
Last week's rank: 9
Last week's stats: 3 games, 12.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.0 apg
Season stats: 9.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg
Like many before him, Barnes keeps his standing on the OSPR on the strength of one performance. After combining for 12 points on 2-for-16 shooting in his first two games of the week, Barnes exploded Wednesday for 25 points on 9-for-14 shooting including 5-for-9 on 3-pointers. He also added 1.0 steals and 1.3 blocks for the week.
Last week's rank: NA
Last week's stats: 3 games, 13.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 apg
Season stats: 4.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.7 apg
Carter finds himself back in the race on the strength of two solid games. After managing double-figure scoring in just two of his previous 12 games, Carter has gone for 10 or more in three of his last four. The biggest reason: playing time. Carter has gotten more than 20 minutes in four straight after going over 20 once in the previous 12.
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