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The week ahead: Randolph pulling down bigger numbers

Portland's Zach Randolph is making the most of his opportunity since becoming a full-time starter. He is averaging 11 rebounds, 6.5 more than last season. A look at the five biggest increases since 1980, provided the player appeared in at least 70 games in each season.

Player Year RPG Year RPG Diff.
Kevin Willis 1990-91 8.8 1991-92 15.5 +6.7
Jermaine O'Neal 1999-00 3.3 2000-01 9.8 +6.5
Troy Murphy 2001-02 3.9 2002-03 10.2 +6.3
Michael Cage 1985-86 5.3 1986-87 11.5 +6.2
Dennis Rodman 1990-91 12.5 1991-92 18.7 +6.2


Today: Lakers at Orlando (9:30 a.m., Ch. 4). The fifth game of a seven-game trip for limping Lakers.

Tomorrow: San Antonio at Houston (6:30 p.m., TNT). Western Conference All-Star starters Tim Duncan and Yao Ming face off.

Wednesday: Sacramento at Detroit (4:30 p.m.). Kings take their high-scoring offense into Motown to face defensive-minded Pistons.

Thursday: Toronto at Seattle (7 p.m., KONG). The only KeyArena appearance this season for Vince Carter, the All-Star Game's top vote-getter.

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