Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Kristaps Porzingis named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Kristaps Porzingis has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, the NBA announced Monday afternoon.

The seven-footer averaged 19.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per contest, as the Celtics finished 4-0 in games played between April 1st through the 7th.

Porzingis shot 65.9% from the field, including 63.6% from 3-point range, as his best performance over the past seven days was against the Oklahoma City Thunder -- where he put up 27 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in the C's 135-100 blowout win at TD Garden.

While this is Porzingis' fourth Player of the Week award of his career, it's the first as a Celtic and he becomes the fourth player on the roster to take home that honor this season -- with Derrick White being the latest to win last month. The veteran big man is also joined by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, as the 2023-24 Celtics become the first in league history to have four different winners.

Despite having a lingering hamstring injury as the only concern with the playoffs around the corner, Porzingis is on pace to play at least 58 games -- which will be only the fourth time he's reached that feat during his eight-year career (played 65 last year with the Wizards).

With four regular season games remaining, Porzingis could use the reps to get ready for a potential deep NBA Finals run that may result in the ultimate goal of winning a championship. He's currently averaging 20.2 points on a career-best 51.8% shooting from the floor (37.5% from deep), 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest in 56 games played so far.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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