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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Carmelo Anthony Wins Western Conference Player of the Week Honors

Carmelo Anthony just earned the Western Conference Player of the Week award after averaging 22.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 2.7 apg as his Portland Trail Blazers went 3-0 last week. This is Anthony's 19th Player of the Week award, but his first since March 10, 2014.

Anthony had a shaky season debut after being out of the league for over a year, and in his first three games with the team he averaged just 13.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.7 apg while shooting .441 from the field (including .313 from three point range) and .667 from the free throw line as Portland went 0-3. Anthony's improved performance in the next three games pushed his overall six game averages to 17.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 2.2 apg in 30.7 mpg.

Each of Anthony's first three games took place on the road, while Portland played two of the next three games at home as Anthony found his stride and the team won three games in a row for the first time since April 2019, when the Trail Blazers won the final three games of the regular season and then captured the first two games of their first round playoff series versus Oklahoma City.

It will be interesting to see if Anthony and the Trail Blazers can maintain anything close to the level of play from the last three games for the rest of the season. The three wins accompanied by gaudy statistics came at the expense of Oklahoma City and Chicago (twice). Portland faces a big challenge tonight on the road versus the L.A. Clippers, but then the Trail Blazers have a four game homestand during which they play Sacramento, the L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City, and the New York Knicks; the L.A. teams will be tough to beat, but the other games should be very winnable, particularly at home.

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posted by David Friedman @ 6:11 PM



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