On Monday afternoon, the NBA announced via their official Twitter page that Indiana Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo and Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week and Western Conference Player of the Week awards, respectively.
The #NBA Players of the Week for Week 8!
— NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2017
Both Oladipo and Durant absolutely deserved this type of recognition for their play over the last week. On Sunday, Oladipo continued to prove himself as a stellar pickup for the Pacers when he went off for an eye-opening 47 points on 15-of-28 shooting during Indiana's thrilling 126-116 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Also, Oladipo's 33-point effort on Friday night helped the Pacers snap the Cleveland Cavaliers' 13-game winning streak.
“I'm not satisfied by any means and neither is this team,” Oladipo said after the Pacers' 106-102 victory over the Cavaliers. “I've got to keep getting better, and this team has got to keep getting better.”
As for Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP stepped up in an even bigger way after Warriors superstar point guard Steph Curry went down with an ugly right ankle injury during last Monday's 125-115 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Durant, who averages 25.6 points per game in 23 starts this season, is expected to shine even more after it was determined that Curry will miss at least two weeks of action.