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The Rebounds (Best) & Blocks (Worst) of the NBA of Week 20 in the 2014-2015 NBA season, lets take a look below at the action from this week, thanks to NBA.com & ESPN.com for help in this article:
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis this week were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 9, through Sunday, March 15.
- Irving helped the Cavaliers to a 3-0 week behind a league-best 37.3 points. The fourth-year guard added 4.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals as the Cavaliers posted road victories over the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic. Irving led the league in three-point percentage (.867) last week. He recorded his second 50-point game of the season on March 12, when he netted a career-high 57 points during a 128-125 overtime win over the Spurs.
March 10 @ Dallas: Scored 22 points and added five rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 127-94 win over the Mavericks.
March 12 @ San Antonio: Posted a career-high 57 points, including 7-of-7 from three-point range during a 128-125 overtime win over the Spurs.
March 15 @ Orlando: Shot 12-of-15 from the field en route to 33 points, and added four rebounds and four assists during a 123-108 win over the Magic.
- Davis led the Pelicans to a 2-1 week, with averages of 31.3 points (second in the league), 10.0 rebounds (tied-10th in the West), 6.0 assists and a league-leading 4.7 blocks. Davis posted two point-rebound double-doubles and handed out five or more assists in all three games. He tallied 36 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and nine blocks during the Pelicans’ lone loss of the week, a 118-111 double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets on March 15.
March 9 @ Milwaukee: Scored 43 points and added 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in a 114-103 win over the Bucks.
March 10 @ Brooklyn: Collected 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks during a 111-91 win over the Nets.
March 15 vs. Denver: Posted 36 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and nine blocks during a 118-111 double-overtime loss to the Nuggets.
- Golden State Warriors beat the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday with the best record in the NBA on the line- The Golden State Warriors whipped perfect passes through the lane that led to pretty shots and plenty of high-flying dunks. Once unselfish Golden State got it going on both ends, the Hawks had a hard time keeping up in a matchup of the NBA’s top two teams.Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, Andre Iguodala added 21 points and six assists, and the Warriors cruised past Atlanta 114-95 on Wednesday night to maintain the league’s best record.
Curry had 16 points and 12 assists, Draymond Green contributed 18 points and Andrew Bogutgrabbed 14 rebounds as balanced Golden State maintained the best record in the league (54-13) with its 10th straight win at home.
The Hawks, looking fatigued and trailing big by the fourth quarter, were denied again in a chance to clinch their first division title since the 1993-94 season, as Washington won at Utah. The Warriors certainly look ready for a long postseason run, showing off snazzy passing while winning their third straight and 10th in 12 games, in front of a rocking sellout crowd of 19,596 at Oracle Arena. Both teams played short-handed. The Warriors were without All-Star guard Klay Thompson, who sprained his right ankle Monday against the Lakers and will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.
Hawks star Kyle Korver is likely out at least another game after breaking his nose in a win against the Lakers on Sunday. Ex-Warrior Kent Bazemore moved into Atlanta’s starting lineup.
The Hawks beat the Warriors 124-116 at home on Feb. 6, knocking down 15 3-pointers and forcing key turnovers late. Atlanta was held to eight 3s on Wednesday.
- Ibaka is out for 6 weeks- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will miss an estimated four to six weeks after having an arthroscopic knee procedure to address swelling and soreness in New York on Tuesday.”Serge is a guy that always wants to be out on the floor, rarely misses time,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said, “but we felt like with where the symptoms were, we didn’t think it was going to be improving, and because of that, this was the necessary step.”
Ibaka began experiencing soreness at the end of February, and the team began a treatment plan to manage it, which included aspirating the knee. Presti said Ibaka underwent an MRI that revealed no structural or concerning long-term issues.Ibaka has missed the Thunder’s past three games because of the soreness. He traveled to New York for further evaluation, and the decision was made to take the next step to clean up the knee. Before being sidelined with the soreness, Ibaka was averaging 14.9 points on 52.5 percent shooting with 8.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks since Feb. 1, as the Thunder coped with Kevin Durant being sidelined.
The Thunder are 37-30, a half-game up on the New Orleans Pelicans for the West’s eighth seed. There are about four weeks left in the Thunder’s season, meaning if Ibaka returns on the front end of his timetable, he would be available for the Thunder’s opening-round playoff series, should they qualify.
In two of the three games Ibaka missed, the Thunder started the big man combination ofSteven Adams and Enes Kanter. In those games, the duo has produced a combined 66 points and 50 rebounds. Ibaka, 25, is averaging 14.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 64 games this season. He has led the NBA in total blocked shots the past four seasons, a streak that will end this season.
- Nick Young is done for the season- The end of the season can’t come soon enough for the Lakers, who learned Wednesday that guard Nick Young has a small fracture in his left knee cap and will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis.Young hopes he will not need surgery and that the fracture will heal with rest. According to Arash Markazi of ESPN LosAngeles.com, it’s uncertain if Young will play again this season:
Young has missed the last 11 games with a swollen left knee and has no played since the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 118-111 on Feb. 22.
“Nothing,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said when asked what Young was able to do at practice. “He signed some autographs, went back in and got some treatment and that was about it.”
Young is averaging 13.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 23.8 minutes over 42 games this season.
Young did not practice on Wednesday but was sporting a new hairstyle he said was inspired by Kid ‘n’ Play and Jamie Foxx.
“I felt like it was time for a change,” Young said. “I was watching Kid ‘n’ Play at home and then I started watching Booty Call and I said Jamie Foxx has a nice hairstyle I want to try so that’s the inspiration behind it.”
Scott wasn’t a fan of the hairdo, saying it looked like Young lost a bet. So Nick Young & this hairdo can sit of the bench comfortable the rest of the season.