NEW YORK – The Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas and the San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 7.
Thomas led the Celtics to a 4-0 week, including a road victory against the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 20.3 points (12th in the East), 7.0 assists (tied for fourth in the conference) and 4.5 rebounds. On Feb. 7, the Celtics’ point guard capped his week by recording 22 points, nine assists, four rebounds, two steals and only one turnover as Boston defeated the Sacramento Kings 128-119 for its ninth victory in 10 games. Thomas, a first-time NBA All-Star selection, will appear in the 65th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Aldridge, who was also selected to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, sparked the Spurs to a 4-0 week. He averaged 26.0 points (tied for seventh in the NBA), 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots (tied for fourth in the West). He shot 59.7 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the free throw line. Aldridge scored at least 26 points in three of four games, including a season-high 36-point performance to go with six rebounds and three blocks in a 110-97 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 3.
Here is a recap of the week for Thomas and Aldridge:
Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
Feb. 2 @ New York: Scored 20 points and added eight assists and five rebounds during a 97-89 victory against the Knicks.
Feb. 3 vs. Detroit: Finished with 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a 102-95 win over the Pistons.
Feb. 5 @ Cleveland: Recorded 22 points (11-of-11 on free throws), four assists and four rebounds in a 104-103 win over the Cavaliers.
Feb. 7 vs. Sacramento: Posted 22 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals in a 128-119 victory against the Kings.
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
Feb. 1 vs. Orlando: Scored 28 points (9-of-13 from the field) and chipped in five blocks and four rebounds in a 107-92 win over the Magic.
Feb. 3 vs. New Orleans: Scored 36 points and added six rebounds and three blocks during a 110-97 victory against the Pelicans.
Feb. 5 @ Dallas: Contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals in a 116-90 win over the Mavericks.
Feb. 6 vs. L.A. Lakers: Recorded 26 points and nine rebounds in a 106-102 victory against the Lakers.
Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, Charlotte’s Marvin Williams, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Utah’s Gordon Hayward.