The NBA announced this afternoon that Carmelo Anthony has won his second straight Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor:
He led the Eastern Conference in scoring (32.0 ppg) and ranked seventh in rebounding (11.5 rpg). Anthony extended a streak he began last week of consecutive games with 30-plus points to seven which tied the second longest such streak in Knicks history, before having it snapped on April 14 during New York's 90-80 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Anthony tallied 36 points and pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds during a 118-111 overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls on April 11.
Melo is being rewarded for continuing his extraordinary play to end the season. He's been a driving force behind locking up the 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, and will now rest tonight -- and possibly during Wednesday's season finale against Atlanta -- before leading his team into the playoffs against the Celtics.
This, of course, is the third week in a row that a Knick has received the honor, with J.R. Smith winning it before Anthony won it last week.