What we didn’t talk about with Pau Gasol in our extended interview was how L.A.’s center/power forward won his second consecutive Western Conference Player of the Week award.
In joining Kobe Bryant with two such accolades this season, Gasol led the Lakers to a 4-0 record last week while averaging 20.3 points on 63.5 percent shooting, grabbing 10.8 rebounds, tossing 6.5 assists while blocking one shot per game. Pau’s terrific week was highlighted by his third career triple-double when he scored 12 points with 13 rebounds and 10 assists in three quarters of L.A.’s 96-83 win over Atlanta on Feb. 17.
Here’s a rundown of Gasol’s four games between Tuesday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 22:
Feb. 17 vs. Atlanta: Put up his first triple-double as a Laker with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 96-83 win over the Hawks.
Feb. 18 @ Golden State: Registered 24 points, 13 boards and five dimes in a 129-121 win over the Warriors.
Feb. 20 vs. New Orleans: Contributed 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in L.A.’s 115-111 OT win against the Hornets.
Feb. 22 @ Minnesota: Scored 25 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished five assists and blocked two shots as the Lakers defeated the Timberwolves 111-108.
Among the players Gasol narrowly beat out was Lamar Odom, who was fantastic himself in averaging 18.5 points on 54.9 percent shooting, 14.5 rebounds, 3.25 assists, 1.25 steals and 1.25 blocks.
Over in the Eastern Conference, Dwight Howard took home the honor by averaging 25.5 points, 15.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocks while leading the Magic to a 3-1 week.