We enter Week 18 of the 2020-21 NBA season and the past week has been nothing short of a thriller. As we approach closer to the postseason, the teams in the middle and bottom half of the two conferences are starting to turn up as they intend to grab a decent playoff seed.
The Golden State Warriors have seen some unbelievable brilliance from Stephen Curry again. Meanwhile, the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week was awarded to Julius Randle of the New York Knicks.
NBA Western Conference Player of the Week: Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry has been nothing but phenomenal these past few games. He has 3 games with 10+ threes in this week alone and that takes his tally to 20. No other player has more than 5 games with 10+ threes.
He is averaging 42.6 points in his last 5 games while shooting 58% from the floor and a ridiculous 53% from three-point range.
The Warriors were 3-1 this past week, including an impressive victory over the Denver Nuggets. Their only loss came against the Boston Celtics, a hard-fought battle that came down to the wire.
Curry's recent exploits have seen him re-enter the MVP conversation as he continues to drop huge numbers. He is also gunning for this season's NBA scoring title as he is averaging 31.0 points per game.
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NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week: Julius Randle
Many people believe Jayson Tatum deserved this week's nomination. But what Julius Randle has done for the New York Knicks franchise cannot be overlooked. He has been a solid frontrunner for the NBA's 'Most Improved Player' award this season as he has taken his shooting stroke to another level.
From shooting 27% from distance last year, he now averages over 40% from three-point range. Julius Randle has averaged more than 30 points per game in his last four games this week, while shooting 48% from the floor and 45% from three.
The Knicks have won all four of their games this week, including a win over the LA Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks.
Randle's exploits have taken the New York Knicks to the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference, solidifying their chances in the top 6 spots in the playoffs. He is also just one of 13 players in the NBA averaging a double-double this season with 23.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.