LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra are receiving recognition for the team's success, during the month of February with a dominant 11-2 record that has vaulted them to the top of the standings, with Player and Coach of the Month awards. The team won 10 of those 11 games by double-figures, including each of the last eight straight games on the current win streak (not counting yesterday's destruction of the Blazers). This is the second time in as many months that LeBron has won the honor.
Something tells me that Spoelstra isn't terribly excited about this award, though he'd likely rather have this recognition than having to coach the All-Stars and endure being on the same stage as half a dozen shirtless men dancing during a bizarre musical performance like Thibs did. In any case, this marks the third time Spoelstra has earned the monthly honor, and the 11th time a HEAT coach has won the award. The HEAT's 11 wins and .846 winning percentage each rank second all-time in franchise history for the month of February. The HEAT held opponents to under 90 points in seven of the 13 games and to under 40 percent shooting from the field in eight games.
James led the conference in scoring (24.6 ppg) and posted double-figure point totals in all 13 of Miami's games. He finished in the top 10 in the East in assists (6.5 apg), field goal percentage (.540) and steals (1.69 spg). James posted four double-doubles during a month in which he played 35.8 mpg. He scored his 18,000th career point in a win over Philadelphia on Feb. 3.
OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich won their respective Western Conference honors as well.
Other nominees for Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Detroit's Greg Monroe, Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, Miami's Dwyane Wade, New Jersey's Deron Williams, New York's Jeremy Lin, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbook, Orlando's Dwight Howard and San Antonio's Tony Parker.
Other nominees for Coach of the Month were Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau, Detroit’s Lawrence Frank, Memphis’ Lionel Hollins, Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks, Orlando’s Stan Van Gundy and New York’s Mike D’Antoni.