LeBron James and Blake Griffin Named Players of the Month for February

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LeBron James and Blake Griffin Named Players of the Month for February
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Is anyone having a better week than the Miami Heat’s LeBron James?

Two days after James’ 61-point dismantling of the Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA named Miami’s masked monster Eastern Conference Player of the Month for February.

LeBron’s line: 30.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists. More importantly, his Heat went 9-1 for the month, with Bron Bron balling mad all the while.

NBA.com took a deeper dive into the specifics of LeBron’s February exploits:

Additionally, he scored in double-figures in all 14 games he appeared in, and including last night, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-digits in 526 games, tying for the fourth-longest such streak in NBA history. He capped off the month leading the HEAT in points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, field goals made (129) and field goal percentage.

James is joined by the Los Angeles ClippersBlake Griffin, who was awarded Western Conference honors after tallying 30 points and 10.7 rebounds for the month.

Here’s a bit more about Blake’s bullish stretch, again from NBA.com:

Griffin put together a career game on Feb. 5 against Miami, finishing with 43 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in a 116-112 loss. It is just the 10th time since 1985-86 a player has exceeded those statistical minimums in a game and only the fifth time since 1995-96.

Yeah, these two seem pretty deserving.

During a recent interview with Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Griffin lent some unique insight into how his perspective has changed heading into this season, and what it’s meant for his outlook and—consequently—his game:

Being a dad made me realize what's most important to me. All the negative talk and all the criticism, I've really blocked it out and really just put all my energy and focus in trying to get better.

And get better he has.

Bigger, better Blake.
Season Points Rebounds PER TS%
2012-13 18.0 8.3 22.4 .572
2013-14 24.2 9.7 23.7 .583

Basketball-Reference.com

It’s not always the case that these awards go to players whose teams are at the forefront of the contender narrative, but the Heat and Clippers—thanks to their two incendiary superstars—are starting to peak at just the right time.

Sadly, the two teams will not meet again in the regular season. (Miami bested L.A. in each of their two matchups.)

Should they meet in the Finals, however, expect a bevy of back-and-forths between these two hardwood beasts.

 

All stats courtesy of NBA.com and current as of March 5, unless otherwise noted.

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