Chris Paul Named Western Conference Player of the Week
The Los Angeles Clippers have won 13 games in a row, which is the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. This team has played extremely well as a whole throughout the streak, but All-Star point guard Chris Paul got rewarded for his play last week.
The NBA named Paul the Western Conference Player of the Week, just two weeks after his teammate Blake Griffin got this honor.
Paul averaged 16.3 points, 11 assists, and 3.5 steals during the week. He ended the week shooting an impressive 53 percent from the field and 54 percent from behind-the-arc. It also shouldn’t go unnoticed that he recorded his 5,000 career assist in the process, becoming the fifth fastest player in NBA history to accomplish that feat.
The Clippers won three games during the week pretty handily, winning each of those games by double-digit margins. This is obviously an individual award, but it explains the recent team success for the Clippers. If you have two players in three weeks named the conference player of the week you’re probably doing something right.
These honors can explain the 13 consecutive wins that this team has reeled off since their last loss on November 26th, against the New Orleans Hornets. This week Paul also became the first player since John Stockton (1991) to have 17+ points, 13+ assists, and 5+ steals in back to back games.
If Paul continues to play at this level wins will continue to pile up for the Clippers and another Western Conference Player of the Week might be in the near future.
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