Another week, another NBA award for Miami Heat forward LeBron James. Are MVP honors just around the corner?
The NBA announced today that James was named the Eastern Conference Player of Week for games played Monday, April 16, through Sunday, April 22. This is the 6th time he's won this season, the 11th time he's won the award as a player for the Heat and the 37th time he's won it in his career.
James led the HEAT to a 4-1 record, the only loss coming in a game in which James did not play, as he averaged 31.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.25 steals and 1.00 blocks while shooting 57.5 percent (42-of-73) from the field, 50 percent (4-of-8) from three-point range and 87.8 percent (36-of-41) from the foul line for the week. He recorded one double-double while scoring at least 25 points in all four games in which he appeared, including two 30-point performances. He led the team in scoring in all four games and in assists three times, in steals twice and in rebounds and minutes once each.
On April 16, he scored Miami's final 17 points in the final 4:47 at New Jersey in a 101-98 win. The 17 consecutive points tied the Miami record for most consecutive points to end a Heat victory. Additionally, he scored his 19,000th career point while recording a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds in a 83-72 victory over the Bulls. Among league leaders this season, James ranks third in scoring (27.1), third in steals (1.85), sixth in minutes (37.5), 10th in field goal percentage (.531), 13th in assists (6.2) and tied for 26th in rebounds (7.9).
Utah's Al Jefferson won the award out West. Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Denver's Ty Lawson, L.A. Clippers' Chris Paul, New York's Carmelo Anthony, San Antonio's Manu Ginobili, and Washington's Kevin Seraphin and John Wall.