NBA Conference Players of the Week: Leonard and Embiid

After excelling for their respective teams, Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and 76ers’ Joel Embiid were names NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard in action

MIAMI, Fla. — The San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and the Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid were selected NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for the games played Monday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 22, the league announced.

Embiid has been on fire for the Sixers recently and the 22-year-old have been rewarded with the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award.

Embiid averaged 22 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in three victories last week despite averaging just 25 minutes per game.

He has helped Philadelphia become one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference at the moment.

Meanwhile, Leonard was named Western Conference Player of the Week.

The 25-year-old led the conference in scoring last week at an average of 36.3 points per game in three wins, while grabbing 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

Leonard, who shot 56.5 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from 3-pointers and 96.0 percent from the free throw line, also scored a career-high 41 points in the overtime 118-115 victory over the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.

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Meanwhile, the Sixers announced that Embiid, who didn’t practice with the team on Monday, will the upcoming fixtures against the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday and Wednesday with a left knee bruise he suffered last Friday in the win against Portland Trail Blazers.

He is expected to return for the home game against the Houston Rockets on Friday.

“We’re gonna be without him tomorrow, and in Milwaukee, and we’ll go from there,” Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown told reporters.

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