Oladipo, Lillard named NBA Players of the Week
NBA.com Global on Apr 03, 2018 07:56 AM
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Indiana Pacers press release
Victor Oladipo keeps adding new chapters to his storybook first season with the Pacers.
The NBA announced Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) that Indiana's All-Star guard is the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played March 26 - April 1 (Mar. 27 - April 2, PHL time). It is the third time this season that Oladipo has taken home the weekly honor, as he also received the award on Dec. 11 and Oct. 30 (Dec. 12 and Oct. 31, PHL time).
Oladipo is the first player in franchise history to win Player of the Week honors three times in one season.
The fifth-year guard led the Pacers to three straight road wins last week, averaging 26.0 points, 6.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.7 steals while going 29-for-43 from the field (67.4 percent) and 7-for-16 from three-point range (43.8 percent).
The Pacers opened the week with a 92-81 win over the shorthanded Warriors on Tuesday, March 27 (Wednesday, Mar. 28, PHL time). Oladipo was an efficient 9-for-12 from the field in that one, finishing with 24 points, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals.
Oladipo played the role of closer in Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) 106-103 win over the Kings, scoring 13 of Indiana's final 19 points to lift his team to victory. The former Indiana University All-American finished with 24 points, five rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
Finally on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), Oladipo showed off his well-rounded game in a 111-104 win over the Clippers. He finished with 30 points, a season-high 12 assists, five steals, and four rebounds.
Oladipo is just the second player in the NBA this season to have 30 or more points, 10 or more assists, and five or more steals in a single game. James Harden was the first to do it on Nov. 7 (Nov. 8, PHL time) against Cleveland.
For the season, Oladipo leads the league in steals, averaging 2.31 per game. He has tallied at least one steal in 60 consecutive contests, a franchise record and the sixth-longest streak in NBA history. He also ranks 10th in the NBA in scoring at 23.3 points per game.
Oladipo is the 12th player in franchise history to earn Player of the Week honors. Pacers players have won the award a total of 21 times. Paul George, the player traded to Oklahoma City in exchange for Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, was the last Pacers player to earn the accolade, doing so five times (the last being April 9, 2017).
Portland Trail Blazers press release
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from March 26 to April 1 (Mar. 27 to April 2, PHL time), it was announced today by the league.
Lillard had the highest scoring average in the NBA for the week, averaging 28.3 points (46.9% FG, 25.9% 3-PT, 94.7% FT) to go with 6.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists. He was fourth in the Western Conference in total assists (26) for the week and tied for sixth in free throws made (18).
The Trail Blazers (48-29) went 3-1 on the week and were 3-0 in games that Lillard played, with wins over the Pelicans, Clippers and Grizzlies. Portland clinched its fifth consecutive playoff berth on April 1 (April 2, PHL time).
Lillard scored 20 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter at New Orleans on March 27 (Mar. 28, PHL time)to lead the Trail Blazers from four points down after three quarters of play to a 107-103 victory. It marked Portland’s seventh straight road win, matching the third-longest road winning streak in team history. Lillard followed that performance with 17 points and 11 assists against the Clippers on March 30 (Mar. 31, PHL time) to record his 10th double-double of the season. He ended the week with 27 points (7-15 FG, 2-8 3-PT, 11-11 FT), three rebounds and nine assists against the Grizzlies on April 1 (April 2, PHL time).
Lillard made 64 consecutive free throws from March 12 to March 30 (Mar. 13-31, PHL time), setting the franchise record for consecutive free throws made. For the season, Lillard ranks second in the NBA in free throw percentage (91.8%) and is third in the league in free throws made (460). He is one of four players in the league (Curry, Harden, James) with averages of at least 26 points, four rebounds, and six assists this season.
This is the third NBA Western Conference Player of the Week honor of the season for Lillard, who won the award for games played the weeks of Jan. 15 to Jan. 21 (Jan. 16 to 22, PHL time) and March 5 to March 11 (March 6 to 12, PHL time). It is the sixth time Lillard has received the award in his career, having won twice in 2014-15 and once in 2016-17.