Posted Dec 10, 2012 2:50 PM - Updated Dec 10, 2012 3:09 PM
NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith and the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin on Monday were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 9.
In helping the Hawks go 3-0 on the week, Smith ranked fifth in the Eastern Conference in scoring (21.0 ppg) and rebounding (12.0 rpg), and tied for sixth in steals (2.00 spg). Smith grabbed a season-high 15 boards in a 104-95 win vs. Washington on Dec. 7, and followed that up the following night with a season-high three steals in a 93-83 triumph at Memphis.
Griffin averaged a point/rebound double-double in leading the Clippers to four wins in as many games. Among Western Conference players, Griffin ranked ninth in scoring (23.0 ppg), seventh in rebounding (10.0 rpg), and second in steals (2.50 spg). Additionally, Griffin's .639 field goal percentage ranked sixth in the conference. In a 117-99 win over Phoenix Dec. 8, Griffin recorded a career-best four steals to go along with 24 points and eight rebounds.
Here is a recap of the week for Smith and Griffin:
Dec. 5 vs. Denver: Recorded a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double in a 108-104 win against the Nuggets.
Dec. 7 vs. Washington: Scored 23 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds, while adding four assists and two steals in a 104-95 victory over the Wizards.
Dec. 8 @ Memphis: Tallied 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a season-high three steals in a 93-83 win at Memphis.
Dec. 3 @ Utah: Posted 30 points and 11 rebounds in a 105-104 road win over the Jazz.
Dec. 5 vs. Dallas: Recorded 19 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 112-90 victory against the Mavericks.
Dec. 8 vs. Phoenix: Tallied 24 points, eight rebounds and four steals in a 117-99 defeat of the Suns.
Dec. 9 vs. Toronto: Contributed 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals in a 102-83 triumph over the Raptors.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta's Al Horford, Boston's Rajon Rondo, Chicago's Joakim Noah, Golden State's Stephen Curry and David Lee, Memphis' Zach Randolph, New York's Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Orlando's Glen Davis, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins, and San Antonio's Tony Parker.
|Top 10: July 12|
Count down the top ten plays from the Summer League games in Las Vegas.
|Starters: Moving Pieces|
The Starters talk about the contractual details and signings of LeBron, Carmelo, Pau Gasol, and Paul Pierce.
|Play of the Day - Shane Larkin|
Shane Larkin hits a baseline floater with a 28.5 seconds remaining to lift the Knicks over the Blazers.
|Steal of the Night - Archie Goodwin|
Archie Goodwin gets the steal and takes it in strong for the high-flying finish.
|Assist of the Night - Daniel Orton|
The Wizards' Daniel Orton makes a sweet no-look feed to find Daniel Theis open on the baseline for the easy bucket.