Boston’s Paul Pierce and New Orleans’ Chris Paul Named East and West Players of the Week
Posted Dec 31 2007 2:54PM
NEW YORK, Dec. 31, 2007 – The Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce and the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec 30.
Pierce led the Celtics to a 4-0 week averaging 27.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals including a season-high 37 points at Seattle on Dec. 27. He helped lead the Celtics to their first undefeated four-game West coast road trip since the 1992-93 season bringing the Celtics to eight straight wins on the road, the longest such streak since the 1980-81 season.
Paul led New Orleans to a 3-0 week by averaging 25.7 points, 9.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 steals. The third year guard had his second 40-point game performance of the month at Memphis on Dec. 26 and connected on a career-high 17 field goals and on Dec. 29 against Cleveland, Paul tied his career-high with seven steals. Currently at 21.4 points, 10.0 assists and 3.0 steals on the season, Paul is looking to become the second player in 16 years to average 20-plus points and 10-plus assists (Steve Nash, 2006-07) and the first player in NBA history to average 20-plus points, 10-plus assists and 3-plus steals.
Here is a closer look at the week for Pierce and Paul:
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Kevin Garnett, Denver’s Marcus Camby, Detroit’s Richard Hamilton, Golden State’s Baron Davis, L.A. Clippers Chris Kaman, Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu, Phoenix’s Steve Nash and Amaré Stoudemire, Portland’s Brandon Roy and Washington’s Caron Butler.