Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and forward Kevin Garnett were both nominated for Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but the award went to Chicago's Derrick Rose.
Rondo seemed to have the best shot at the honor after posting a pair of triple-doubles in four games, including Sunday's historic 18-point, 17-rebound, 20-assist effort in an overtime win over the Knicks. He had previously posted 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in a win over the Bucks. What's more, Rondo outdueled Deron Williams on Friday night, chipping in 14 points and 13 assists in a Boston win. If Rondo hadn't labored through a scoreless (albeit 11-assist) effort in Cleveland on Tuesday, the award seemingly would have been headed his way.
Garnett averaged 20.3 points and 9.5 rebounds as part of Boston's four-win week.
From the NBA's release on Rose's honor: He led Chicago to a 4-0 week with averages of 28.8 points, 7.5 assists and 1.8 steals. Rose tallied 30-plus points twice, including a high of 35 to close the week on March 4 during a 96-91 win at Philadelphia. With three of their four wins coming away from the United Center, Rose’s Bulls own the NBA’s best mark on the road at 17-6 (.739).