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Irving, Isaiah named Rookies of Month

Cavs guard Kyrie Irving and Kings guard Isaiah Thomas were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month for February.

Irving's field goal percentage took a major hit in February, the rookie shooting just 42.2 percent from the floor after shooting better than 50 percent from the floor in December and January. However, he averaged 19.3 points and 5.6 assists per game, and shot 95.3 percent from the free throw line and 44.4 percent from three. He scored at least 20 points six times, and and played well in big wins over the Mavericks (20 points, 7 assists) and the Pacers (22 points, 5 assists).

Irving's best game came, of course, came in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. He scored 34 points in a 146-133 win for Team Chuck, going 12-for-13 from the field, including 8-for-8 from three.

You can read about Irving's big numbers, and where they fit in NBA history, here.

Thomas, meanwhile, burst on to the scene at the end of February. In his last four games, he's averaging 20.8 points and 7.5 assists per game, and shooting 49.2 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent from three. The Kings are 2-2 in that stretch.

Prior to the run, Thomas was getting decent minutes in Sacramento, but nowhere near what he's seen lately. Thomas had scored at least 18 points just once, and played at least 30 minutes just once before Feb. 19, thresholds he has met or passed in every game since.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich were also named the conference Coaches of the Month. Miami went 11-2 in February, and ends the month on an eight-game winning streak, each win coming by double digits. Pop's Spurs also went 11-2, including an 11-game winning streak that began in January.


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