It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Jeremy Lin won for the third consecutive time, as Linsanity rolled on. This week, his New York Knicks went 1-2, and the other teams stood right on the edge of mediocrity as well, with the New Jersey Nets going 1-1, the New York Rangers 1-1-1, the New York Islanders 1-3 and the New Jersey Devils 1-2. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Landry Fields: We'll tab Fields as this week's Knicks nominee, to honor his resurgent play. He scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss to the Nets, poured in 16 points with seven rebounds in the shellacking of the Hawks and scored eight points with six boards in the loss to the Heat. And in the Rising Stars Game, he contributed with 16 points.
Deron Williams: The Nets point guard played the Knicks like he had a personal vendetta against them (and Lin), torching them for 38 points, with eight three-pointers and six assists. In the loss to the Magic he scored 23 points to go along with eight assists. And in the All-Star Game, he scored 20 points and added four assists.â†µ
Ryan Callahan: The Ranger captain scored the most important goal of the week for the Blueshirts, when he netted the overtime game-winner against the Sabres on Saturday night, which was also his 100th career goal and career-best 24th of the season. He also assisted on the tying goal in the third period in the shootout loss to the Islanders.â†µ
P.A. Parenteau: Besides piling up 24 penalty minutes in the 6-0 loss to the Senators on Monday, Parenteau piled up the points this week, as he scored three goals and added a pair of assists in the other three games that the Isles played, including scoring two goals in the win over the Rangers and following that up with another two-point game against Ottawa on Sunday.â†µ
Petr Sykora: The Devils lost some of their momentum with consecutive losses over the weekend, but Sykora recorded four points in their three games this week, with a goal and an assist in the overtime win over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, an assist in Friday's loss to the Canucks and a goal in Sunday's defeat to the Lightning.â†µ
Jeremy Lin: Ok, we'll throw him in here to see if he can defend his title. Lin ended up with decent stats in the loss to the Nets (21 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, four steals, three turnovers), was efficient in the blowout win over Atlanta (17 points, nine assists) but put up a dud against Miami.â†µ