February 2021 Basketball Wiretap

James Harden, Damian Lillard Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Feb 22, 2021 5:26 PM

James Harden and Damian Lillard have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 9.

Harden averaged 31.8 points, 10.8 assists and 9.0 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets went 4-0.

Lillard averaged 36.3 points, 12.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers went 2-1.

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Devin Booker, Saddiq Bey Named Western And Eastern Conference Player Of the Week

Feb 15, 2021 3:47 PM

Devin Booker and Saddiq Bey were named the Western and Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA.

Booker averaged 32.3 points, 5.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds for the Suns, who went 4-0 on the week.

Bey averaged 17.8 points and 5.5 rebounds 69.6% from three for the Pistons, who went 3-1. 

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Tags: Saddiq Bey, Devin Booker, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Award

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Stephen Curry On MVP Talk: The Game Speaks For Itself

Feb 12, 2021 2:23 PM

Stephen Curry is averaging 35.3 points per game and shooting 53-for-101 from beyond the arc over his past eight contests. After a 40-point performance on Thursday, Curry was asked if he'd like to be in the conversation for MVP this season.

"The game speaks for itself," said Curry. "Those two [MVP] years is the exact same kind of conversation. Obviously, that's an amazing accomplishment, and being in that conversation with all that we've been through these last two years, that means something. Those narratives make themselves as you go throughout the season, and my job is obviously just be at the level that I expect to be, and usually that means you're at the top at the end of the season.

"I really try not to get distracted by that because it kind of taints the moment. And really right now, if I'm doing my job, then I'll be there at the end of the season, and that will take care of itself."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

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LeBron James Considered Early Favorite For MVP In Straw Poll

Feb 10, 2021 1:55 PM

A straw poll conducted by ESPN asked 100 media members to vote for the MVP at this point in the season with LeBron James receiving 54 of a possible 100 first place votes and 760 total points. Joel Embiid received the second most first place votes with 23 and 665 total points, while Nikola Jokic received 18 first place votes and 596 total points.

Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard rounded out the top-5, though there is a large delta between their points and the top-3.

James hasn't won MVP since 2013, but he finished second in 2014, third in 2015, third in 2016, fourth in 2017, second in 2018 and second in 2020.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Award

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Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic Named NBA's Players Of The Month

Feb 2, 2021 4:02 PM

Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for December/January.

Embiid averaged 28.3 points and 11.1 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers went 15-6.

Jokic averaged 26.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.6 assists as the Denver Nuggets went 12-8.

Jokic and Embiid rank first and second in PER.

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Tyrese Haliburton, LaMelo Ball Named Rookies Of The Month

Feb 2, 2021 3:34 PM

Tyrese Haliburton and LaMelo Ball have been named the NBA's Rookie of the Month for December/January.

Haliburton is averaging 11.0 points, 5.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Sacramento Kings.

Ball is averaging 12.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists for the Charlotte Hornets.

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Quin Snyder, Doc Rivers Named NBA's Coaches Of The Month

Feb 1, 2021 5:01 PM

Quin Snyder and Doc Rivers have been named the NBA's Coach of the Month for December and January.

Snyder led the Utah Jazz to a 15-5 record.

The Philadelphia 76ers had a 15-6 record during the first month-plus of Doc Rivers' tenure with the franchise.

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James Harden, Nikola Jokic Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Feb 1, 2021 3:32 PM

James Harden and Nikola Jokic have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 6.

Harden averaged 25.3 points, 11.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets went 3-1.

Jokic averaged 30.8 points and 10.8 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets also went 3-1.

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