19/05/2024

De'Aaron Fox was at the peak of his powers this week (Photo: Sacramento Kings / X)

Another week of NBA action means another NBA Team of the Week.

In a week of players returning to form, James Harden snapped the Clippers six-game winning streak with a clutch four-point play. The Boston Celtics reclaimed top spot in the East with a 108-104 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves found another gear to lead the West. 

The Inner Sanctum has selected players based on their form throughout the slate of games from 13-19 November (AEDT) and whether they could play in that position in a game.  

PG: De’Aaron Fox

Missing out on most of the season so far, it was a relief for Kings fans to see De’Aaron Fox on the court this week. A sprained ankle saw the reigning Clutch Player of the Year miss five games, where Sacramento went 2-3. Fox returned with a bang, using his shooting prowess to get the Kings to 3-0 for the week. Most notably, the guard scored 43 points in their 129-120 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists too.

Weekly Stats: 33 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, Record: 3-0 

SG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The Oklahoma City Thunder were on fire this week and much of it was to do with the excellence of SGA. Another busy week for the point guard saw the Thunder go undefeated and take a spot in the top four in the process. His contribution this week was highlighted by a 40-point performance in their overtime win over the Warriors on Sunday. The All-NBA guard helped to get past a Warriors team who were aided by the return of Steph Curry. 

Weekly Stats: 31.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, Record: 4-0 

SF: Domantas Sabonis

Working in tandem with De’Aaron Fox this week, Sabonis churned out another solid period of basketball. Nearly averaging a triple-double for the week, the Kings big man shot the ball at a staggering 71.4 percent, making him an efficient choice in this team. While picking his best performance poses a tough challenge, his game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday was impressive. 23 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists on 8/10 shooting got them the 132-120 win. 

Weekly Stats: 26.3 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 71.4% FG, 1 block, 1 steal, Record: 3-0 

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PF: Bam Adebayo

Adebayo was dominant for a second-consecutive week, as he was the key focal point in Miami Heat’s seven-game winning streak. Clutch performances against the Spurs and the Hornets helped Miami keep the streak alive. The two-time All Star had three double-doubles for the week as he guided the reigning Eastern Conference champions to an 8-5 record. 

Weekly Stats: 22.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, Record: 3-1

C: Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns found his mojo again during the week. Taking a while to adjust to Anthony Edwards running the team, Towns slumped to below his career average numbers. His return to form was hinted at against the Golden State Warriors in the In-Season Tournament on Wednesday. A 33-point double-double helped the Timberwolves to a 104-101 win over the 2021/22 champions. Although his best performance came in a 121-120 victory against the Pelicans on Sunday. He was near perfect from the field, shooting 10/11 for his 29 points, which went along with six rebounds and nine assists. The big man also scored the game winner.

Weekly Stats: 27 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4 assists, Record: 3-1 

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