Today, Miami Heat’s LeBron James and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Sunday, Dec. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 1.
Despite both teams losing their first games of the regular season last night, Miami and Oklahoma both got off to great start.
The Heat sailed to a 5-0 record to start the season, including two back-to-back game-winners from Dwyane Wade. Although Wade managed to seal the deal down the stretch; so far, he is struggling shooting for the rest of the game, including going just 4 for 17 against Atlanta, last night.
James, who currently leads the league in scoring, (29.3 ppg), scored 34 or more points on three occasions, including 37 in Miami’s 105-94 win at Dallas Dec. 25. James is currently shooting .600 from the field, and is close to, or better than his career averages, thus far.
Durant, who is currently second in the league at scoring (27.3), also helped lead his team to a 5-0 start to the season. Durant came up clutch during the opening week of the season; hitting a deep three at the buzzer, from an inbounds pass, with just 1.4 seconds remaning in the fourth, against Dallas Dec. 29. Durant also shot .547 from the field and .500 from beyond the arc.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Houston’s Kyle Lowry, Indiana’s Roy Hibbert, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Orlando’s Dwight Howard and Phoenix’s Steve Nash.