Jan 22, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap (4) works against Orlando Magic small forward Tobias Harris (12) as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 112-109 at Amway Center. Millsap finished with a team-high 24 points. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Millsap Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Paul Millsap’s push for an All-Star reserve spot for the East earned him some recognition this past week as he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. The honor marks his first time receiving the award in his eight-year career.

Paul averaged 21.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 4 games last week as the Hawks posted a 3-1 record in the process.

Millsap has been tasked with leading the Hawks into the second half of the season without Al Horford and he has weathered through the adjustments of Al’s absence by averaging 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game since Al’s injury.

This award seems like the kind of gesture that was needed as many believed Paul’s hard work has gone rather unnoticed by the rest of the league. Whether or not this award will lead to a reserve spot on the East All-Star roster remains to be seen, but it can certainly be said that it helps Paul’s cause.

Paul continued his strong stretch of performances last night with 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a last-second loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’ll look to continue this pace as the Hawks go further into this week’s schedule where they face the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

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