Wizards’ John Wall, Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge named NBA Players of the Week

NEW YORK – The Washington Wizards’ John Wall and the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge today were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 11 through Sunday, March 17.

Wall led the Wizards to a 3-1 week with averages of 24.0 points (fourth in the conference), 11.0 assists (second in the conference), 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals (third in the conference). Wall posted three point-assist double-doubles and ranked sixth in the East with a field goal percentage of .617. He collected a season-high 14 assists on March 12 against the Cleveland Cavaliers (95-90 loss) and a season-high 29 points on March 15 against the New Orleans Hornets (96-87 win).

Aldridge led the Trail Blazers to a 2-1 week behind an NBA-best 27.0 points, 10.7 rebounds (seventh in the conference), 3.0 blocks (third in the conference) and 3.0 assists. Aldridge shot 19-of-19 from the foul line on a week in which he posted a point-rebound double-double in each contest, including a 22-point, 10-rebound, five-block effort on March 14 during a 105-90 win over the New York Knicks.

Here is a recap of the week for Wall and Aldridge:

John Wall, Washington Wizards

March 12 @ Cleveland: Tallied 27 points and a season-high 14 assists during a 95-90 loss to the Cavaliers.

March 13 vs. Milwaukee: Collected 23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals in a 106-93 win over the Bucks.

March 15 vs. New Orleans: Scored a season-high 29 points and added nine assists, four rebounds and two steals in a 96-87 win over the Hornets.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers  

March 12 vs. Memphis: Tallied 28 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in a 102-97 loss to the Grizzlies.

March 14 vs. New York: Collected 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks during a 105-90 win over the Knicks.

March 16 vs. Detroit: Scored 31 points and added 12 rebounds and three assists during a 112-101 win over the Pistons.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Al Horford, Denver’s Kosta Koufos, Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan.