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Thunder’s Paul George, Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic named NBA Players of the Week

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A rising MVP candidate and perpetually underrated wing have been named conference players of the week. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George and Indiana Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic were bestowed the honor for week 17 of the NBA season after leading their teams to unblemished records.

George averaged 37.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.7 steals per game for the Thunder in victories over the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, and Houston Rockets. Though he shot a pedestrian 43.8 percent from the field, he more than made up for it elsewhere, knocking down 42.9 percent of a whopping 14.0 three-point attempts per game while also connecting on 90.2 percent of his 13.7 free-throw attempts per game. George saved his best for last, too, making a convincing MVP case to a national audience on Saturday by dropping a season-high 45 points and helping limit James Harden to just one assist in the Thunder’s thrilling 117-112 win over the Rockets.

This is George’s third Player of the Week award so far this season.

Bogdanovic, meanwhile, led the Pacers to four straight wins last week after the team, still reeling from the season-ending injury to All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, had lost four of its previous five games. The fifth-year forward averaged 22.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in wins over the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He shot 53.8 percent overall and 46.4 percent from deep.

Bogdanovic had never before won Player of the Week. He joins Oladipo and Thaddeus Young as other Pacers who have earned the honor this season.