December 21, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) shoots the ball against Los Angeles Lakers power forward Shawne Williams (3, left) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Lakers 102-83. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

David Lee Named Western Conference Player of the Week

Suddenly, all the talk about trading David Lee has magically gone on silent.

That’s because the Golden State Warriors power forward has returned to his All-Star form, and was commended by being named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 30 through Jan. 5.

Lee averaged 24.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in four games last week, and the Warriors were victorious in all four of them. In fact, the Warriors are currently riding a nine game win-streak, including their last five on the road.

For the season, Lee is par for the course based on his career stats, averaging 19.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists through 36 games. He started the season slow, and many fans and writers called for the Warriors to trade him and his big contract. They claimed that he was a liability on the defensive end, and if he wasn’t contributing above-average numbers on the offense end, then he was doing more harm than good on the court.

Now, the attitude surrounding Lee is much different in this “what have you done for me lately” society. Just because he isn’t flashy like Stephen Curry or a huge free-agent acquisition like Andre Iguodala doesn’t mean he isn’t pivotal to the Warriors’ success. Throughout the past week and for the last several weeks, he’s come back to form and showed the Warriors what his worth truly is.

Plus, they’ve won nine games in a row for the first time since 1975. Is someone actually going to complain about anything regarding the Warriors right now?

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  • Rob Sanders

    Ah Eric, don’t you know? There’s always SOMETHING to complain about!

    This one’s legit:

    GSW’s one glaring problem is turnovers. More accurately, points-off-turnovers.

    Fix that and the Dubs are at least WC bound. Hell, fixing that would mean Stephen Curry (the main culprit) would be in serious talks for MVP as his PER would skyrocket.

    • Eric He

      How would you fix it?

      • Rob Sanders

        A combination of adjusting sets so that the majority of them have Iggy perform the entrance/cutting passes and so he’s at the top of the key and in position to stop fast-breaks after turnovers(because they’ll happen inevitably).

        And, frankly, a simple mentality adjustment on Curry.

        Anyone who watched all his games this season knows Curry gets about 2 T.O. a game solely because of him attempting some high-risk lob or crazy cross-court skip pass after an Offensive rebound or fast-break or something. He gets another 1 or 2 simply because he’s late in recognizing the double (or his teammates don’t call it out in time) and his pass gets intercepted by a roamer. Sometimes Curry plays hero ball and changes to his alter ego Captain Assist and tries to force what isn’t there.

        In US Football there’s a saying for rookie QBs : Eat the football. When you’re under pressure and about to get sacked, most times its just better to take the sack than to throw an ill-advised pass and give up the interception.

        Someone needs to get Curry understand,

        ” Yeah, because [event] happened you MIGHT be able thread the ball through defenders for a dunk or corner 3, but if you don’t is a SURE 2 points the other way, don’t risk a maybe for a certainty, so eat the ball, cycle back up top, and reset”

        • Eric He

          I agree, but when Curry’s the only point guard who can create plays off the dribble and set up shots for others, that puts the pressure on him to do a little too much.

          And I think part of it is his ego. He knows he’s a star and wants to prove it. Hopefully it’s a learning curve and he’ll get it figured out.