Bosh, Bryant Named Players of the Week
Posted Jan 14 2008 2:30PM
NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2008 – The Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 13.
Bosh led Toronto to a 3-0 week, averaging 33.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per contest. Bosh shot .552 from the field and .806 from the foul line for the week. After divisional wins over the 76ers and Knicks, Bosh capped Toronto’s undefeated week with a 38-point, 14-rebound performance against the streaking Portland Trail Blazers. At 20-17, the Raptors own the second best record in the Atlantic Division and the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference.
Bryant helped the Lakers to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Hornets, Bucks and the Grizzlies twice. Bryant averaged 29.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.5 steals on the week. Closing the week with back-to-back 37-point performances, Bryant upped his season average to 27.0 ppg, second best in the NBA to LeBron James’ 29.1 ppg. The Lakers are riding a six-game winning streak and at 25-11, they own the second best record in the Pacific Division and the third best record in the Western Conference.
Here is a closer look at the week for Bosh and Bryant:
Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, Charlotte’s Jason Richardson, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Golden State’s Baron Davis, Houston’s Yao Ming, Portland’s Brandon Roy, Sacramento’s John Salmons and Utah’s Mehmet Okur.