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Paul Millsap named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after red-hot stretch

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Paul Millsap is out of his mind and the NBA office noticed.

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The Atlanta Hawks are playing some of their best basketball of the season, and Paul Millsap is at the center of everything. The team is in the midst of a three-game winning streak at a crucial time, and as a result of his stellar individual play, Millsap has been named as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

The NBA announced the award recognition on Monday afternoon, and it did not come as a shock given Millsap's ridiculous level of play. In wins over the Suns, Raptors and Celtics at Philips Arena, the All-Star power forward averaged 19.0 points, 15.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 4.3 blocks (!!!) and 2.0 steals per game during the week, and for good measure, Millsap connected on 46.2% of his three-point attempts in the three games.

Playing high-level basketball is nothing new for Millsap, as he is arguably putting together the best season of his career at the age of 31. During this season, Millsap has emerged as the team's best overall player while averaging 17.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 blocks per game, and the NBA world is (finally) beginning to take notice of one of the best 20 players in the league.

Congratulations to Paul Millsap on this well-deserved honor.