words // Brandon Richard
When thinking of candidates for NBA Player of the Week, Kyle Lowry’s name doesn’t immediately come to mind, but the Houston Rockets point guard has made the most of the opportunity given to him due to Aaron Brooks’ departure. Seemingly out of the playoff discussion in recent weeks, the Rockets are now making a push to climb into contention, and Lowry’s play has been the main reason for their ascension. He led Houston to 4-0 in games played last week, tying them with the Lakers for the league’s current longest streak. So, as unlikely as it may seem, Kyle Lowry is this week’s NBA Player of the Week.
Lowry’s numbers were impressive across the board last week. He averaged 19.3 points, while also contributing 7.5 assists and 7.3 rebounds per game. His best performance came Sunday against the Utah Jazz, when he recorded 28 point, 11 rebound and 10 assist triple-double in a 110-108 victory. He has posted double-figure scoring totals in 12-straight games, which marks a career high.
With Lowry coming up big, can the Rockets overtake Memphis for the eighth seed in the West?