NEW YORK – The Atlanta Hawks’ Joe Johnson and the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s Kevin Durant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 19, through Sunday, March 25.
Johnson led the Hawks to a 4-1 week with averages of 23.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Johnson hit game-tying three-pointers vs. Cleveland on March 21 and Utah on March 25, as well as the game-winning three-pointer at Washington on March 24. Johnson’s 37-point, eight-rebound effort keyed a 139-133 quadruple overtime win over the Jazz on March 25.
It’s really well deserved. Joe really has played great. He’s hit big shots for this team in crucial moments, and without him, the Hawks might have gone win-less the past week.
Some fans still criticize Joe Johnson, even during the past week, when he played his best ball. I’m not sure if they just really hate the contract or something, but I don’t see how someone can watch Joe Johnson play and say that he’s a non-impact player that hurts the team more than helps the team (trust me, there are fans that think like this). Joe will never live up to his contract, we can all accept that, but what Joe has been doing the past week (or month!) is simply outstanding and it deserves praise.
Let’s hope that he continues his big play, as it will be needed if the Hawks were to continue their recent success.
Also, Josh Smith was also considered for the Player of the Week.