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Grizzlies win first playoff game; Zach Randolph gets paid

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I guess in order to get yourself a contract extension in Memphis these days all you have to do is get a win in the playoffs.

Now obviously that’s not all that went into Zach Randolph‘s interestingly timed 4-year, $71 million dollar contract extension agreed upon just hours after the Memphis Grizzlies upset the San Antonio Spurs 101-98 in Game 1 of their Western Conference first round series matchup.

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Zach Randolph signed a reported 4-yr, $71 million dollar contract extension Sunday afternoon after the Grizzlies win over the Spurs.

However, on the surface the victory over the top-seeded Spurs Sunday seemed to do the trick.

Although the timing of the reported deal appeared a bit odd initially, what’s not odd is Randolph’s solid play since coming to the Grizzlies franchise back at the start of the 2009-10 NBA season.

Last season he finished up averaging an extremely impressive, yet underrated 20.8 points per game to go along with 11.8 rebounds.

No stranger to the point-rebound double-double, Randolph was arguably all the more impressive this season, putting the young Grizz on his back to the tune of 20.1 points and 12.1 rebounds.

With Rudy Gay – Memphis offensive go-to-guy – out the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, Z-Bo showed night in and night out that he was capable of taking on even more of the responsibility out on the court and in the locker room and the proof was right there on display in Game 1 of the Western Conference opening round against the #1 seed San Antonio Spurs Sunday afternoon.

Randolph finished off the Spurs scoring a team-high 25 points, hauled down 14 rebounds and added 2 blocks.

Good big men are hard to find these days and the Memphis Grizzlies front office is apparently quite confident in what their big man can bring to this emerging group of professionals moving forward.

The Grizzlies are a team that fought hard last season falling short of the playoffs with a 40-42 record, battled injuries and adversity to come out this season with the eighth seed in the West, a 46-36 record and, now, their first ever NBA Playoff victory.

And there is absolutely no denying that Zach Randolph has played a huge role in all of their recent success.

Source: ESPN

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