The Weekly NBA Power 7 – April 10, 2017

Tim Hardaway Jr.; Credit – Getty Images

By Evan Dyal,

It was the last full week of the NBA regular season. It was a week where teams were eliminated from the playoffs and where a few teams clinched like Portland. In the West all the matchups are decided, but in the East no match ups are decided yet. It was also a week full of amazing individual performances. Damian Lillard had 59 points, and Russell Westbrook had 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a win at Denver. The race for the MVP will go down to the wire. Here are the top seven performers of the week in the NBA!1. Tim Hardaway Jr! – I know this is a pretty random player to be number one on the players of the week list, but Hardaway Jr deserves it. He has been balling and has given the Hawks life. His scoring punch on the wing is needed desperately for a team that struggles to score. The Hawks started the week poorly with a loss at Brooklyn. They rebounded to win three straight, one against Boston and two against Cleveland. Atlanta came down from 26 points in the 4th to beat the Cavs last night in overtime. Hardaway was a big part of that with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. For the week Hardaway averaged 20 points per game.

2. Russell Westbrook – Russ clearly wants the MVP badly. His performance in Denver last night showed why he should be the MVP. Russ hit the game winning shot, with 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. It was a sensational performance that clinched the fact that he would average a triple double this season. Now only him and Oscar Robertson can claim that. Russ great game made up for a down game he had in a loss at Phoenix. Earlier the week he also had 45 and 10 in a clutch win at Memphis. OKC went 3-1 for the week, and are locked into the 6 seed in the West. For the week Westbrook averaged 32.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 10.2 assists.

3. Damian Lillard – I don’t know if you saw, but on Saturday Damian Lillard dropped 59 points on 52% shooting, 64% from three with 0 turnovers in a win over Utah. That is incredible and may be the best game anyone has played all season. Lillard’s sensational play has led the Blazers to clinch a playoff spot. They will be the 8th seed and play the Warriors in the first round. The Blazers started the week with losses at Utah and at Minnesota, only to beat those two teams at home later in the week. For the week Lillard averaged 30.5 points.

4. James Harden – Russ made a great case for MVP with his incredible game at Denver, but Harden is not going quietly into the night. Harden led the Rockets to a 3-1 week, even though he sat out a win at Phoenix. He returned to play in a wen against Denver, a loss to Detroit and a loss at Sacramento. Like Russ he put up monster stat lines in each game, with his best coming at Sacramento. Harden had 35 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds in the game. For the week Harden averaged 33 points, 12.5 assists and 9 rebounds

5. Isaiah Thomas – Mighty Mouse has continued his strong play for the C’s this week, despite them having some struggles. Boston had back to back losses to Cleveland and Atlanta. However, with Cleveland also struggling the Celtics can still get the 1 seed in the east. They have the Nets at home tonight, so that should be a win. For the week the Celtics went 2-2, with wins at New York and at Charlotte. Thomas for the week averaged 28 points per game.

6. Gordon Hayward – Hayward balled out this week for the Jazz, and should definitely get consideration to be put on an all NBA team. The Jazz had an alright week going 2-2, but Hayward was magnificent. His best game was on Friday when he had a career high 39 in a win at home against the Timberwolves. Unfortunately in a loss at Portland on Saturday he suffered a quad contusion and will be out tonight against Golden State. He should be good for the playoffs. The Jazz will definitely play the Clippers in the first round, but who gets home court has yet to be decided. For the week Hayward averaged 26.5 points per game.

7. Paul George – Paul George has recently been reminding everyone why people once considered him the second best player next to Lebron James. George’s improved play had led to more wins for the Pacers as they have won three straight, and went 3-1 this week. They have yet to clinch a playoff spot and can be anywhere from the 6 seed to out of the playoffs. The Pacers have the Sixers and the Hawks left on the schedule. The Pacers should make the playoffs and George will be the reason why. For the week George averaged 34.5 points per games.

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