Embiid, Lillard named NBA Players of the Week
NBA.com Global on Jan 23, 2018 07:23 AM
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Philadelphia 76ers press release
PHILADELPHIA — The NBA announced today that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played between Monday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 21 (Tuesday, Jan. 16 - Monday, Jan. 22, PHL time). The honor is the second of Embiid’s two-year career after earning the designation for games played between Jan. 16-22, 2017.
Embiid led the 76ers to a 3-0 week with wins over three of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference; Toronto (second), Boston (first) and Milwaukee (eighth). He posted averages of 29.7 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 blocks in 33.9 minutes per game, while shooting .542 from the field and .815 from the free-throw line.
Last Monday (last Tuesday, PHL time) against the Raptors, the Cameroon native poured in 34 points and collected 11 rebounds in a 117-111 76ers win. The 30-point performance was Embiid’s seventh this season; the most by a Philadelphia player in a single season since 2006-07 (Allen Iverson). He is one of 19 players in the NBA with at least seven 30-point games.
On Thursday, Jan. 18 (Friday, Jan. 19, PHL time), Embiid led the 76ers to the team’s first victory over the Celtics at TD Garden since April 4, 2014, snapping a seven-game winless streak. The seven-footer posted 26 points, a career-high-tying 16 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in 35 minutes of action. His point, rebound and assist totals led all Boston and Philadelphia players that evening. It was the first such performance of his career and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Embiid was the first 76ers player to lead both teams outright in points, rebounds and assists since Charles Barkley on March 19, 1990, against the Nets.
Embiid closed out his week with a 29-point, nine-rebound, two-block outing on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against Milwaukee and led the 76ers to their largest win over the Bucks (22 points) since March 9, 2008. It was his third straight game with at least 26 points and nine rebounds, something no 76ers player had accomplished since Barkley reached such minimums in five straight games from Jan. 4-11, 1991.
This season, Embiid, who was named an All-Star starter last Thursday (last Friday, PHL time), is averaging 24.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. His averages of points, rebounds and blocks rank him 13th, sixth and fifth in the NBA, respectively. Embiid is one of two Eastern Conference players, and one of five leaguewide, averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, joining fellow All-Star starter Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee. He is on pace to become the first 76ers player to post such averages for a full season since Barkley in 1991-92.
Embiid has scored in double figures in 48 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Philadelphia player in the past five seasons.
The University of Kansas product holds career averages of 22.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 blocks, and was named to the 2016-17 NBA All-RookieFirst Team.
Portland Trail Blazers press release
PORTLAND – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 14, it was announced today by the league.
Lillard led the Trail Blazers in scoring, assists, field goals, three-point field goals, and free throws made last week, averaging 29.3 points (52.7% FG, 52.0% 3-PT, 100% FT), 5.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists, while ranking fourth in scoring, fifth in assists and tied for the fourth most three-pointers (13) in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers (25-21) went 3-0 on the week with victories over Phoenix, Indiana and Dallas, sweeping a three-game homestand and winning the team’s sixth consecutive home game.
Lillard’s 31-point performance against Dallas on Jan. 20 (Jan. 21, PHL time) was the first time in his career that he scored more than 30 points on 15 or fewer shot attempts (10-15 FG, 7-9 3-PT, 4-4 FT).
Lillard is one of four NBA players averaging at least 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists this season (Curry, Harden, James). On Jan. 14, he became one of two players in NBA history to make 100 three-pointers in each of his first six NBA seasons.
This is the fourth career NBA Western Conference Player of the Week honor for Lillard, who took home the award twice in 2014-15 and once in 2016-17.