Gasol Named Western Player of the Week

Pau GasolThanks to a terrific individual week in which his team also happened to go 4-0 with wins over the two best teams in the Eastern Conference, Pau Gasol earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors, joining Kobe Bryant (twice) in receiving the award this season.

Gasol, after moving to center in place of the injured Andrew Bynum, averaged 26.0 points on 67.6 percent shooting and ranked third in the NBA with 13.8 boards per contest.

He was terrific when it counted both in an OT win at Boston and the win that snapped Cleveland’s 23-0 home record three nights later, helping the Lakers return from their trip with a 6-0 record to post the league’s best record at 41-9.

We took a closer look into Gasol’s fantastic play of late by detailing his numbers in the last five games since Bynum went down, and trying to describe how he’s done it with the help of some video from Luke Walton.

You can read it by clicking here.