Donovan Mitchell (guard, 185cm, 98kg) of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James (forward, 206cm, 113kg) of the LA Lakers were selected as Player of the Week.
According to 『NBA.com』, Mitchell and James won the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Player of the Week, respectively.
Eastern Conference player
of the week Mitchell became the player of the week for the second time this season and the fifth in his personal career. He became the Player of the Week for the season just recently in mid-December. It is the first time since the last 2018-2019 season that January became the best player of the week. In the 2018-2019 season, Mitchell became the player of the week for the first time in his life, and was named in the category in January for the first time in about five years.
Cleveland, led by Mitchell, played four games last week. Of these, 3 wins were harvested, and it continues to be strong without fail. On the 7th (hereafter Korean time), when Mitchell was absent, he lost an away game against the Denver Nuggets, but continued his winning streak in the game he played. At the end of last month, he was shaken by winning 3 consecutive losses, but changed the atmosphere with 3 consecutive wins from the previous week.
During this period, Mitchell’s scoring prowess was outstanding. He averaged 37.7 points (.530 .353 .861), 5.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1 steal in 38.6 minutes over the three games. Despite being a guard, he boasted an average field goal success rate of over 50% and a scoring average of over 37 points. Not only that, but he’s certainly taken advantage of himself by dishing out a bunch of assists.
The highlight was definitely the home game against the Chicago Bulls on the 3rd. On this day, he vomited the spirit of pouring out 71 points, the most in his life. Not only that, he exploded the most points in his single game this season. He only scored 16 points in the first half, but bombed 42 points alone in the second half. Even in overtime, he attempted three 3-pointers, scored all of them, and added 13 points, surpassing 70 points on the day.
Only 12 times have more than 70 points been scored in a single game. The player who achieved this became the seventh player after Wilt Chamberlain (six times), Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor, David Robinson, and Devin Booker (Phoenix). If you limit Mitchell’s score to 71 or more, it is all 10 times, and Mitchell became the 6th player.
# Mitchell’s game log last week
3rd vs Bulls 71 points (.647 .467 .800) 8 rebounds 11 assists 7 3-pointers
5th vs Suns 20 points (.300 .250 1.000) 6 rebounds 9 assists 3 3-pointers
9 Sun vs. Suns 22 points (.583 .286 1.000) 2 rebounds 2 assists 2 3-pointers
Western Conference player
of the week James became the first and 66th player of the week in his personal career this season. Not only does he boast the most awards by far among active players, but he also boasts the most among all-time players. James, Kobe Bryant (33 times), and Kevin Durant (31 times) are all three people who have been named more than 30 times in the category. That’s twice as many as Bryant, the second most in the category.
His Lakers, surprisingly, swept all four games last week. Added to the previous week, the Lakers are currently on a five-game winning streak. It is even more encouraging considering that Anthony Davis is absent due to injury, and on the 5th, James also continued 스포츠토토 his winning streak by beating the Miami Heat even though he was away from management.
During this period, James appeared in three matches. He recorded 35 points (.548 .125 .767), 8.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 36.7 minutes per game. Despite spending a lot of time on the court, averaging 36 minutes per week, despite being in his late 30s, he boasted a field goal success rate of close to 55%. Not only that, he was active as a sign of the team without fail, with a number of rebounds and assists like James.
He didn’t pull off a triple-double last week, but he did double-double in two games. In his last three away games against the Charlotte Hornets, he exploded 43 points, his personal most this season. Even though his 3-point shot was not accompanied by any, he boasted a shooting success rate of over 60% that day and still boasted his skills. Including the previous week, they scored more than 40 points in two consecutive games.
# James’ last week’s game log
3rd vs Charlotte 43 points (.615 .000 .733) 11 rebounds 6 assists
7th vs Hawk 25 points (.526 .200 .667) 7 rebounds 10 assists
8th vs Kings 37 points (. 500 .167 .889) 8 rebounds 7 assists