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Brandon Roy P.O.W.

It's been mentioned in the sidebar twice now, but here's the official press release from the Blazers:

BRANDON ROY NAMED NBA'S WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Trail Blazers 4-0 on the week

PORTLAND, Ore. - 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, with wins over Sacramento , Miami , New Orleans and Detroit . The third-year Trail Blazer and 2008 NBA All-Star averaged 20.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 50.8% (30-for-59) from the floor in four starts. He also set or tied season highs with 28 points vs. Sacramento , seven rebounds vs. Miami and 10 assists vs. New Orleans .

"As a leader of our team and a player who does both the big and small things to help us win, Brandon couldn't be more deserving of the honor," said Trail Blazers General Manager Kevin Pritchard . "Having the NBA recognize his performance this past week is a testament to his selfless play and a recognition of the team's early season success."

At 12-6 overall, the Trail Blazers have played 11 of their first 18 games on the road and are currently tied for first place in the Northwest Division and tied for second in the Western Conference.

Other nominees for the honor were New Orleans ' Chris Paul, Houston 's Yao Ming, Dallas ' Jason Terry and the L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant.

Roy, 24, garnered the award for the third time in his career after winning it 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 three times.

Congratulations to Brandon.  Player of the Month next?  I suppose Player of the Fortnight would have to come first...

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)