Amar'e Stoudemire's dominant run continued for another week, but the NBA decided Dwyane Wade's performance was more impressive. Wade averaged 30.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists on 58.4 percent shooting in four games, all wins, for the Heat. Stoudemire averaged 33.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in four games, also all wins, for the Knicks.
If the NBA was taking strength of schedule into account, the Heat beat only one team with a winning record, the Utah Jazz (17-8), while scoring wins over the Bucks (9-13), Warriors (8-15) and Kings (5-16).
The Knicks beat one team with a winning record as well, the Denver Nuggets (14-9), and scored wins over the Timberwolves (6-18), Raptors (9-15) and Wizards (6-16). Stoudemire did have an 11-turnover game, however, on Friday in Washington, where he had the infamous "Cripple Double."
Stoudemire was listed among nominees, along with teammate Raymond Felton, for the Eastern Conference award. He has two already this season, including the previous week, and looks to be the only Knick aside from Patrick Ewing (1992-93) to earn three Player of the Week awards in the same season.
The league didn't single him out for his stellar play, but also didn't single him out for the aggressive shove against Nene in the second quarter of Sunday's win over Denver. An NBA source told me the play, which did not result in a technical foul, was reviewed by the league but it was determined that no action needed to be taken.