The NBA named Kawhi Leonard the Western Conference Player of the Week. It is the second time Leonard has been awarded with the honor this season. Here's how his fantastic week played out, as per Kris Davis of Spurs Sports & Entertainment:
Leonard averaged 27.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.67 steals in 37.3 minutes as the Spurs went 3-0 for the week, extending their win streak to eight games. He started the week off by registering 27 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in 36 minutes in a 97-81 victory over Detroit on March 2.
The following night Leonard recorded his ninth double-double of the season with a team-high 30 points (12-22 FG, 6-10 3FG), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in a 94-86 victory at New Orleans The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year closed out the week with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in 36 minutes while helping the Spurs outlast the Sacramento Kings 104-94 on March 5.
For the year, Leonard is averaging a career-best 20.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.82 steals in 32.8 minutes while shooting .510 (432-847) from the field, .478 (108-226) from long range and .881 (215-244) from the foul line. He currently leads the NBA in three-point shooting, ranks 10th in free throw percentage, 11th in steals and 18th in scoring.
Tonight, Leonard will attempt to extend the Spurs win streak to nine games against the team that formerly drafted him in the Indiana Pacers. In their only meeting this year, Kawhi had 24 points, six rebounds, and five assists.