The NBA announced Monday that Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is the Western Conference Player of the Week for March 11 to 17.
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.
- 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 Western Conference Player of the Week were Minnesota's Ricky Rubio, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and San Antonio's Tim Duncan.
This marks the first time this season that Aldridge has won Player of the Week honors. He twice won Player of the Week in 2011. The Blazers noted in a release that Aldridge joins Clyde Drexler (11 times) and Brandon Roy (5 times) as the only Blazers to win Player of the Week honors at least three times.
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