Carlos Boozer's hot streak got the NBA's attention.
The league honored the Jazz power forward Monday as its Western Conference player of the week for games played last Monday through Sunday.
It's the fifth time that the two-time NBA All-Star been named player of the week, the others coming in the 2007-08 (once), 2006-07 (twice) and 2003-04 (in the Eastern Conference, while with Cleveland) seasons.
Boozer averaged 26.7 points on 62.7 percent shooting to go with 13.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game during the week — including a season-high 35 points in Utah's 96-87 win over Indiana on Friday.
Utah went 2-1 during the stretch, but had its four-game win streak snapped Saturday at Minnesota.
Boozer did have a 21-point and 13-rebound double-double against the Timberwolves, but afterward he talked about being impacted by extra defensive attention.
"They did a good job of crowding me," he reiterated Monday. "You know, they had two or three guys on me. That's gonna happen from time to time. Teams are gonna start paying more attention to me. I'm used to that. My teammates are too."
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, though, didn't seem to think Minnesota did anything different than most teams.
"Not really," he said Monday. "I just thought we got ourselves in trouble with not so much the way they played us as we got out of our offense."
Boozer went into Monday night's game against San Antonio averaging a team-high 20.9 points and 11.1 rebounds, and finished against the Spurs with seven boards and a team-high 27 points.
Toronto's Chris Bosh is the only other player in the NBA averaging at least 20-10 this season.
Boston's Kevin Garnett, meanwhile, was honored Monday as the NBA's Eastern Conference player of the week. He led the Celtics to a 3-0 week, averaging 19.7 points on 70.6 percent field goal shooting and 7.3 rebounds per game.
OH SHOOT: Boozer's reaction to word from a San Antonio reporter that the Spurs have eliminated their morning shootarounds?
"Have they really? Man, we need to pick that up," he said. "What a great notion."
Boozer best not bet on it being adopted in Utah anytime soon, though.
"I don't think our team is that far along," said Sloan, who did cut back on practices rather significantly late in the Jazz era of John Stockton and Karl Malone.
"They (Stockton and Malone) knew how to take care of themselves, they knew how to prepare themselves to play," Sloan added. "Some of these guys (now) have got to learn how to do that to be effective every night — not just at home."
TV TALK: Jazz forward Matt Harpring — his NBA career curtailed by chronic knee and ankle injuries — sat in Monday with play-by-play announcer Craig Bolerjack and color analyst Ron Boone for FSN Utah's broadcast of the game.
Harpring arrived from his Atlanta home to spend the week in Utah, and said he plans to join David Locke for Wednesday's KFNZ 1320-AM radio call of the Jazz-Orlando Magic game and Bolerjack and Boone again for Saturday's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Contributing: Jody Genessy
e-mail: [email protected]