Friday, January 21, 2011

Greatness Is What We're On the Brink Of

"I wish that I could have this moment for life. 'Cause in this moment I just feel so alive..."

My fave PGs, The Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Jan. 10-16, continuing a season in which point guard play has arguably reached new heights.

Rose propelled the Bulls to three wins for the week by averaging 27.3 points, tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference, 6.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds. In Saturday’s win over Miami, Rose scored 34 points while dishing out eight assists. He went 28-for-29 (.966) from the free throw line for the week. Not to mention he scored his first triple-double on Tuesday against the Bobcats.

Westbrook averaged 27.5 points, a league-best 13.0 assists and 9.0 rebounds to help the Thunder go 2-0. He recorded his second triple-double of the season on Jan. 13, in the win over Orlando. Oklahoma City has a 12-3 record when Westbrook hands out 10-plus assists.

Here is a recap of the week for Rose and Westbrook:

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

Jan. 10 vs. Detroit: Tallied 29 points on 10-for- 20 shooting and seven assists in a 95-82 win over the Rockets.
Jan. 12 @ Charlotte: Recorded 17 points and seven assists in a 96-91 loss to the Bobcats.
Jan. 14 @ Indiana: Scored 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists in a 99-86 win over the Pacers.
Jan. 15 vs. Miami: Tallied 34 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three blocks in a 99-96 win over the Heat.

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Jan. 12 @ Houston: Scored 23 points to go along with 13 assists, eight rebounds and two steals in a 118-112 win over the Rockets.
Jan. 13 vs. Orlando: Notched 32 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and two blocks in a 125-124 victory over the Magic.

The 2 were teammates this summer and were very instrumental in helping Team USA bring home the gold from the FIBA World Championship.

For even more in-depth analysis on The Year of the Point Guard, check out this article at SB*Nation.

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