James Harden Awarded Western Conference Player of Week
He’s back! James Harden probably wishes he could erase the first week of the regular season after suffering through the worst shooting of his life. Well with the media questioning what was wrong with him Harden came out last week and laid down 4 stellar performances leading his team to 4 straight wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers. Today the Association announced James Harden Wins Western Conference Player of Week.
He posted his first ever back to back 40 plus point performances along the way and looked every bit the MVP contender of last season. For his efforts he was awarded the Western Conference Player of the Week.
A Review of his Numbers:
110-105 victory versus Oklahoma City Thunder:
- 37 points
- shot 46.2% field goal percent
- 4 three point shots made
- 9 of 11 from the free throw line
- 5 rebounds
- 3 assists
- 3 steals
- 2 blocks
119-114 victory in overtime versus Orlando Magic:
- 28 points
- shot 27.3% field goal percent
- 2 three point shots made
- 14 of 17 from the free throw line
- 7 rebounds
- 4 assists
116-110 victory versus Sacramento Kings:
- 43 points
- shot 56.5% field goal percent
- 4 three point shots made
- 13 of 16 from the free throw line
- 6 rebounds
- 13 assists
- 2 steals
109-105 victory versus Los Angeles Clippers:
- 46 points
- shot 53.8% field goal percent
- 5 three point shots made
- 13 of 14 from the free throw line
- 4 rebounds
- 2 assists
- 1 steal
4 Game Average:
- 38.5 points
- shot 40.9% field goal percent
- 3.75 three point shots made
- 12.2 points from the free throw line
- 5.5 rebounds
- 5.5 assists
- 1.5 steals
In the Eastern Conference Andre Drummond won the award for the second straight week.
Harden isn’t someone who is motivated by the media he just wants to win as he showcased repeatedly in Memes when asked if his shot was back:
tfw someone says beards are over https://t.co/dNVes3TWKf
— RUSS BENGT$ON (@russbengtson) November 9, 2015
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To start the season it appeared like Harden was trying to allow Ty Lawson the opportunity to be the primary ball handler. That may have been the main issue with Harden’s shot as it probably threw off his timing. This past week Harden took more of a lead ball handling role and it paid off in spades.
This week the Houston Rockets get the luxury of 3 days off which will allow the team time to practice and to develop chemistry in the Rockets offensive sets and defensive strategy. The other good news out of Clutch City is it’s probable Terrence Jones and Patrick Beverley should be back after both spending time on the injured list.
Now if the Rockets can just get back Donatas Motiejunas then Houston can work at getting the entire team building chemistry. Until that happens look for James Harden to continue to lead his Rockets forward.
Congratulations James Harden on a very much deserved Western Conference Player of the Week Award!
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