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NBA Team of the Week: April 4-April 11

We’re down to the final week of the NBA regular season and teams around the NBA are looking to end the season on a high note. The playoff picture is complete in the Eastern Conference and there’s only one spot up for grabs in the West. Let’s see which players from playoff contenders made this edition of NBA team of the week.

POINT GUARD

RUSSELL WESTBROOK- 16.7 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 9.7 APG

Normally these posts have included performances up to this past Sunday. However, Russell Westbrook just tied Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in a season (18) over the last 40 years. What’s even crazier is that he did it against the Lakers in the first-half of their game yesterday.

With two triple-doubles in the last eight days, we would be remiss not to include Russell Westbrook this week. Plays like these are what makes him so much fun to watch.

He’ll get one last chance to break the record against the Spurs who will probably be resting their starters.

SHOOTING GUARD

JAMES HARDEN- 32.5 PPG, 7.5 APG, .500% FGP, .541% TPP

James Harden continues to do whatever is necessary to help get the Rockets into the playoffs. They did have a letdown last week against the Suns but they won their next two games after that. They currently hold the tiebreaker over the Utah Jazz for the last spot in the playoffs.

Harden has scored 30 or more points in four of his last five games and is shooting lights out from the field.

If the Rockets can take of business and beat the Kings tomorrow night, then they will clinch the 8th and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. If he keeps shooting like this, hemight take a game or two off of the Golden State Warriors by himself.

SMALL FORWARD

LEBRON JAMES- 28.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 6.0 APG, .786% FGP

King James has had to deal with a lot of scrutiny from the media recently but that hasn’t stopped the Cavs from locking up the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. LeBron is shooting an absurd 78 percent from the field over the last seven days which means he’s being aggressive and isn’t settling for jumpers.

Dunks like these are evidence that he is pretty much unstoppable in the lane when you don’t put a body on him.

Both the organization and fans of the Cavaliers can’t wait for the playoffs to get started. Many analysts believe the winner of the possible Spurs vs. Warriors series will win it all, but not if LeBron has something to say about it.

POWER FORWARD

PAUL MILLSAP- 16.5 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 4.0 BPG, 4.0 APG

Paul Millsap has quietly been a very productive NBA player since he has entered the league. Millsap has fit in perfectly to the Hawks system which is basically identical the Spurs offensive system. Millsap has expanded his game to shoot the three-pointer, defend and pass the ball.

Before last night’s lost to the Cavs, Millsap recorded four straight double-doubles, including a 31-point, 16- rebound game against the Celtics.

He has been vital in helping the Hawks reach the third spot in the Eastern Conference this year.

CENTER

HASSAN WHITESIDE- 15.8 PPG, 13.8 RPG, 2.8 BPG

Hassan Whiteside continues to be a monster in the paint for the Miami Heat. Pat Riley has managed to assemble a team that can compete in the Eastern Conference despite the departure of LeBron James.

Riley and the organization deserve a ton of credit for discovering Whiteside when his career seemed doomed. Whiteside has pulled down at least 12 rebounds in 11 of the last 12 games.

The big man has his work cut out for him against Andre Drummond tonight but outside of that, Whiteside should continue to be dominant.

 

 

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