Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has been named Western Conference Player of the Week according Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:
Kobe Bryant selected NBA’s Western Conference player of the week. I’m sure he’s thrilled. #Lakers
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) April 15, 2013
Although Kobe is done for the year due to a torn Achilles, the superstar guard had another week filled with stellar performances on a nightly basis. Kobe’s best performance came one game before going down with the season-ending injury against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Despite the Lakers always struggling at the Rose Garden, Kobe willed the Lakers to a much-needed victory over the Blazers with a season-high 47 points. Kobe also recorded four steals and three blocks in the win over Portland.
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Along with lighting up the Blazers for a season-high, the perennial All-Star torched the New Orleans Hornets for 30 points and the Golden State Warriors for 34 points before ending the season with the injury averaging 27.3 points per game. Kobe finishes the year as third in the league behind the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.
With only one game left in the regular season, the Lakers control their own fate with a win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday sealing the deal for Los Angeles clinching the eighth seed in the West. Also, a loss by the Utah Jazz against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday will clinch the final seed for the Lakers.
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