On Monday, the NBA announced that Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Irving led the Cavaliers to victories over the New York Knicks on December 10 and the Orlando Magic on December 13 before falling to the Miami Heat on December 14.
In three games during the week, Irving averaged 29.0 points on .508 (32-63) shooting, including .409 (9-22) from beyond the arc and .933 (14-15) from the foul line, 6.3 assists and 2.3 steals in 34.3 minutes per game. His 29.0 points per game average was the highest among all Eastern Conference guards this week and second-highest among all East players. He posted the highest field goal percentage among all players in the conference who had at least a 21.0 points per game average (minimum three games). This past week, he was also one of two players in the East to record multiple 30-point games and the only one to record at least 30 points and 10 assists in a single game. Irving wins the award for the second time of his career (Jan. 21-27, 2013) as Cleveland had a 2-1 record this past week and is 5-2 in its last seven games.