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By Dave Doyle
NBA: Monta Ellis – Sure, Ellis was traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, but not before he earned Western Conference player of the week honors. With backcourt mate Stephen Curry hobbled by a sprained ankle, Ellis upped his game and led Golden State to a 3-1 record in his final week in the Bay Area.
He had 25 points and eight assists in a rout of the Washington Wizards; 20 and 8 in a win over the Dallas Mavericks, and finished with 21 points, 11 assists and six boards in a big win at the Los Angeles Clippers. Andrew Bogut got the lion’s share of attention over the Bucks-Warriors trade, but with Milwaukee in a tight battle for the Eastern Conference’s last playoff spot, if Ellis performs like he did last week, the Bucks will be in good shape.
His 17-save effort in an 3-0 win over the New Jersesy Devils on Monday night was the third straight game in which he blanked his foe. That tied a team record set by John Vanbiesbrouck in 1999. The surge couldn’t have come at a better time for the Flyers, who enter Thursday two points behind Atlantic Division rival Pittsburgh for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
College Basketball: Michael Snaer – The Florida State Seminoles wouldn’t have won their first ACC men’s basketball tournament title without their junior guard. Snear averaged 18 points as the Seminoles plowed their way through three straight wins. First he scored 20, including four-of-five from three-point range, in a win over Miami.
Then he had 16 and six assists as Florida State edged No. 6 Duke, 62-59, in the semifinals. Snaer was on fire from downtown in the title game as well, hitting four-of-five threes en route to 18 points as the Seminoles clinched the championship with an 85-82 win over North Carolina. Snaer was named tourney MVP for his efforts.