USA TODAY Sports
Chris Paul has been his usual, excellent self, and he claimed the second player of the week award by a Clipper this season.
When Blake Griffin won the Western Conference Player of the Week award, it spelled relief for Clippers fans after his slow start to the season. Chris Paul had no such slow start. He simply was steadily great, which is what he's always been. So it should be no surprise that the NBA has named Paul the Player of the Week this week.
Paul has, of course, had a good 7-day stretch, with 17 points, 12.7 assists, 3.7 steals, and 3.7 rebounds a game this week. He managed to only have to play 31 minutes a game during the week, and shot just under 53% from the field and 54% from three. For the season, Paul is averaging 16.1 points, 9.6 assists, 2.7 steals, and 3.6 rebounds with 48% from the field and 36% from deep. Paul was above his season average in all of those categories this week.
It was also a special week for Paul as he became the 5th fastest player to 5,000 assists Monday night against his old team, the New Orleans Hornets.
Paul becomes the first Clipper to win the Player of the Week award since... Blake Griffin did it on December 10th. But, before Blake, the last Clipper to win such an award since... Paul himself, last April. I'm having trouble finding information on past winners of this award, but unless I missed it last season, this is most certainly the first time in a long time, if not the first time ever, that two Clippers have won Player of the Week in the same season. Not to mention in the same month.
Let's hope that the Clippers keep winning, keep breaking records, and keep getting awards.