The NBA today announced the Players of the Week for games played from Jan.20-26.
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week while Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named Player of the Week in the Western Conference.
For Siakam, it is the third time in his career that he has earned the honour and the second time this season. Siakam was also named Player of the Week for games played from Nov. 4-10. This past week, the first-time All-Star led Toronto to a perfect 4-0 record with averages of 23.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
In his most recent outing, Siakam set a Raptors franchise record with 25 points in the first quarter, finishing with a game-high 35 points to lead Toronto to its seventh-straight win. Just one game prior, Siakam knocked down two triples against the Knicks, including a late-game pull-up that put the game out of reach.
This upcoming week, the Raptors are back in action four times as they open by hosting the Hawks before a two-game trip to visit the Cavaliers and Pistons. Toronto opens the month of February by hosting Chicago on Super Bowl Sunday.
Two weeks following that game, Siakam will make his NBA All-Star debut in a starting role.
He hasn't earned the nod yet, but weeks like these are a reminder that Damian Lillard is deserving of an All-Star nod.
Portland's prolific point guard led his team to a 2-1 record with the ridiculous stat line of 52.7 points, 9.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 53.4% from the field and 57.4% from deep. Here's how his past week went:
- vs. Golden State - 61 PTS (17-37 FG, 11-20 3PM), 10 REB, 7 AST
- vs. Dallas - 47 PTS (16-28 FG, 8-15 3PM), 8 AST, 6 REB
- vs. Indiana - 50 PTS (14-23 FG, 8-12 3PM)
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Lillard and the Blazers are back in action three times this week as they host the Rockets and visit the Lakers before returning home to host the Jazz.
He'll look to hear his name called when All-Star reserves are announced on Thursday, Jan. 30.