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Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan Named NBA Players of Month in April

The NBA announced Friday that Russell Westbrook and DeMar DeRozan were named the Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Month in April.

This is the third consecutive Player of the Month award for Westbrook, who put the Oklahoma City Thunder on his back with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka out with injuries. Westbrook’s efforts were to no avail, as the Thunder missed the postseason, but he won the scoring title and put up historic numbers in the process. He averaged 32.5 points, 8.1 assists and 8.0 rebounds in April.

DeRozan has really come on after a rough start to the season that was marred by injury. The Toronto Raptors swingman averaged 24.1 points, 4.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds in April while shooting a solid 49.2 percent from the field.

The Western and Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors belong to Rodney Hood and Bojan Bogdanovic, respectively. Hood averaged 16.7 points, 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds in April for the Utah Jazz, and Bogdanovic averaged 14.4 points while shooting a scorching 48.8 percent from long range for the playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets.

And finally, Doc Rivers was named Western Conference Coach of the Month and Brad Stevens was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. Rivers’s Los Angeles Clippers went 7-0 in April and were the league’s only undefeated team in the month. Stevens’s Boston Celtics went an East-best 7-1 as they made their push into the postseason.

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