The lead up to Christmas has been bringing the very best out of many NBA players as they keep putting together incredible performances.
Players like Luka Doncic, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis and LeBron James continue to assemble worthy MVP claims, playing at ludicrously high levels. Meanwhile, players like Devonte’ Graham, Tyler Herro and Ja Morant are showing their worth to the NBA.
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So, who in Week 8 showed they deserve a Moments of the Week 8 card?
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Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers
George’s return has not disappointed, and against the Timberwolves he was virtually unstoppable.
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George turned in his best performance of the season. The shooting guard went off for 46 points, six of which came on three pointers, and he added five rebounds and seven assists. The Clippers are second in the West, and with more performances like this from George they can close the gap with their crosstown rival Lakers quickly.
Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have cooled off a little since their red hot start, but Kemba Walker keeps on proving his worth to his new team.
Against the Pacers, Walker was on fire. The diminutive PG shot for 44 points and chipped in 3 rebounds and seven assists. It wasn’t enough to get the Celtics a win, snapping a four game win streak, but it was a performance worthy of a reward.
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
One night After Kemba Walker wowed for the Celtics, Embiid dominated against those same Celtics to give the 76ers a solid win over one of their biggest rivals in the East.
Embiid bullied the Celtics. The big man powered 38 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Embiid’s performance gave the 76ers their fourth straight win, lifting their record to 20-7 on the year, and pulling the team ahead of the Heat for second place in the East.
Devonte’ Graham, Charlotte Hornets
Graham is enjoying a huge season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Hornets. Kemba Walker’s departure left a big hole, and Graham is doing a lot to fill that void.
The second year PG is probably the league’s biggest breakout star. He already has two MOTW cards, but his performance against the Brooklyn Nets absolutely warrants his third. He led the Hornets to a win, their second straight, with a career high 40 points, while adding five rebounds and five assists. He also drained seven three-pointers.
Below are the six other players I think are in position to earn a MOTW 8 card.
Brandon Clark, Memphis Grizzles
Jeremi Grant, Denver Nuggets
Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks
Marcus Morris, New York Knicks
Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat