Bulls' Robinson takes home Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Bulls' Robinson takes home Eastern Conference Player of the Week
February 4, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

Bulls point guard Nate Robinson was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for last week.

The Bulls were 3-1 on the week, and with Kirk Hinrich sidelined with an elbow injury, Robinson stepped up with some big minutes for Tom Thibodeau's squad.

Robinson averaged 17.8 points per game in the week and tied for second in the East with 2.5 steals per game. He also averaged 6.8 assists per game, good for third in the conference.

The Bulls' backup point guard has provided instant offense for this year's team, scoring in double figures for 10 straight games.

As the Bulls were down Hinrich, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer on this recent road trip, Robinson took on a big role, scoring and facilitating Chicago's offense. He struggled shooting (4-for-16 from the field) in the Bulls' loss to the Nets on Friday, but still wound up with 11 assists and 12 points.

On Saturday, Robinson keyed an inspired Chicago effort, scoring 20 points with 8 assists and 3 steals.

David Lee took home the Western Conference Player of the Week. Robinson beat out LeBron James, Tyson Chandler and Brook Lopez for the accolade in the East.