Bobcats’ Al Jefferson, Clippers’ Blake Griffin named NBA Players of the Week

NEW YORK – The Charlotte Bobcats’ Al Jefferson and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 10, through Sunday, March 16.

Jefferson led the Bobcats to a 4-0 week behind averages of 24.3 points (second in the conference) and 11.5 rebounds (fourth in the conference). He logged 37.7 mpg (tied-eighth in the East) and posted point-rebound double-doubles in three-of-four contests. On March 12, Jefferson tallied 26 points (13-of-20 field goals) and 10 rebounds as the Bobcats beat the Wizards 98-85 at Verizon Center.

Griffin helped the Clippers to a 4-0 week with averages of 27.0 points (third in the conference), 9.3 rebounds (ninth in the conference), 4.8 assists and 1.5 steals. He logged 36.9 mpg (eighth in the conference). Griffin tallied 20-or-more points in all four games and eclipsed the 30-point plateau twice, including on March 12, when he scored 30 points and added 15 rebounds, three assists and three steals during a 111-98 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Here is a recap of the week for Jefferson and Griffin:

Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats

March 10 vs. Denver: Tallied 26 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 105-98 win over the Nuggets.

March 12 @ Washington: Scored 26 points and added 10 rebounds during a 98-85 win over the Wizards.

March 14 vs. Minnesota: Posted 25 points and 16 rebounds in a 105-93 win over the Timberwolves.

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

March 10 vs. Phoenix: Collected 37 points, six rebounds and three assists in a 112-105 win over the Suns.

March 12 vs. Golden State: Scored 30 points and added 15 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 111-98 win over the Warriors.

March 16 vs. Cleveland: Posted 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists during a 102-80 win over the Cavaliers.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Kyle Korver, Indiana’s Paul George, Memphis’ Mike Conley, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, New York’s Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr, and San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili.