Maybe if LaMarcus Aldridge wins enough "Western Conference Player of the Week" honors, it won't matter if the Portland Trail Blazers' power forward didn't make the All-Star Team.
Certainly something for Aldridge to be proud of while he gets a much-needed rest this weekend after carrying the Trail Blazers on his back this season.
UPDATED with news release from the Trail Blazers below:
Portland Trail Blazers forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge was named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week, it was announced today by the NBA.
With last week's performance, Aldridge becomes the first Trail Blazer in franchise history to score at least 36 points in three straight games and the second in the NBA to do so this season.
"LaMarcus is having a career year and has established himself as one of the best big men in the game," said Trail Blazers Head Coach Nate McMillan. "To do what he did over the last three games is a rare feat, and this is an honor well deserved."
Aldridge, 25, averaged 38.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.67 blocked shots and 1.33 steals last week, leading Portland to wins over Chicago, Toronto and Detroit. The fifth-year Trail Blazer scored a career-high 42 points in a 109-103 win over Chicago and shot 63.1% from the floor and 84.6% from the free throw line on the week.
The Trail Blazers have won four straight and at 30-24, currently own the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference while matching the pace of last year's team.
The 10th Trail Blazer in team history to earn Western Conference Player of the Week honors, Aldridge joins Clyde Drexler and Brandon Roy as the only Trail Blazers to win the award twice in one season. He's also the fourth player in the Western Conference to win it twice this season after garnering the honor for the week ending Jan. 23.
Orlando's Dwight Howard was named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Other nominees for the honor were Charlotte's Gerald Wallace, Chicago's Derrick Rose, Indiana's Danny Granger, L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Phoenix's Steve Nash and San Antonio's DeJuan Blair.