From the Blazers:
BRANDON ROY NAMED NBA'S WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Trail Blazers win four games in five days
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy was named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by the NBA.
Roy guided the Trail Blazers to a 4-0 week, including road victories against the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and L.A. Clippers, and a home win vs. the L.A. Lakers. The third-year Trail Blazer and two-time NBA All-Star averaged 22.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.50 steals while shooting 47.5% (29-61) from the floor in four starts. He led Portland in scoring three times and assists twice in four games last week.
At 52-28 overall, the Trail Blazers have clinched their first playoff berth since 2003 and are currently tied for third place in the Western Conference standings. Portland 's 52 wins are the most by a Trail Blazers team since 1999-2000.
Other nominees for the honor were Dallas ' Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, Houston 's Luis Scola and New Orleans ' Chris Paul. Chicago 's Ben Gordon was chosen as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Roy, 24, garnered the award for the fourth time in his career after winning it for the week of Nov. 24-30 earlier this season and in back-to-back weeks last season (Dec. 9 and Dec. 16). He joins Clyde Drexler as one of two players in franchise history to win the award four times.
Congratulations to Brandon!
UPDATE: 3:38 PM... Brian Hendrickson passes along this look at Brandon's numbers for the week, along with what he believes was the deciding factor for Brandon's selection...
It wasn't the overall averages, and it wasn't how he played in back-to-back games. It was his effectiveness in the fourth quarter that was absolutely off the charts.
-- Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org)