Last week’s POW: Pau Gasol
This was certainly an interesting week for the Los Angeles Lakers as they had a few key players dealing with injuries which led to others having to step up. Gasol dealt with an ailing ankle and sprained left hand which clearly had him at less than 100 percent on the court. No one really performed at an outstanding level on a consistent basis all week but one player definitely earned player of the week honors for his powerful performance against Detroit.
Wesley Johnson averaged 12.3 PPG this past week adding nearly two blocks and six rebounds over that span. Johnson’s best game was against Detroit where he torched them for 27 points on 9/11 shooting (6/7 3Pt) adding three blocks and six rebounds en route to a 106-102 road win for the Lakers. Johnson hasn’t been a gaudy stat guy all season but this performance should stand out because without Johnson the Lakers would likely have fallen to Detroit.
Johnson has quietly made a name for himself in Los Angeles and has definitely produced greater numbers than he has in the past for his other teams. Johnson can catch fire on any given night and his scoring numbers will greatly help a .500 Lakers squad.
Be sure to check back next week for another player of the week!