John Wall and Karl Anthony-Towns have been named their conference players of the week for the week of 3/5-3/12. Coincidentally, the two play Monday night in Minnesota as the Washington Wizards look to finish their 5-game road trip undefeated while the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to avenge a 112-105 loss in DC on January 6th.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 13, 2017
After picking up wins on the road against Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers, Wall was clearly deserving of the honor. The Kentucky prodigy averaged 29.8 points, 11.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game during the road trip. Along with overtaking the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference, the week was huge for the franchise.
The Washington Wizards went from the 14th seed to the 2nd. If you don’t consider John Wall an MVP candidate in some capacity you’re crazy.
— B.J. Boyer (@wcboyer24) March 11, 2017
A win over Minnesota along with a big game to end the road trip could make this one of the best stretches of Wall’s career. With the finals two games of the 4-game stretch coming in come from behind overtime wins, Washington asserted just how dominant they can be.
Karl Anthony-Towns, the face of the franchise in Minnesota, was the Western Conference‘s player of the week after averaging 29 points and 12.3 rebounds per game while leading his team to a 2-1 record. In the 3-game stretch, Towns led his team to wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, but his 35 points and 14 rebounds were not enough in Minnesota’s most recent loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
As the season comes to a close, Towns must keep up his high level of play as Minnesota looks to close in on the Denver Nuggets for the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Towns’ Timberwolves currently are 3.5 games backing, making each game down the stretch important.
After a grueling week, Wall will fight to keep Washington with a top-3 seed so they can avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers until the Eastern Conference Finals, but he will certainly need help from his teammates as they look to stay energized coming off the trip. On the other hand, Towns will try to make a final push as he looks to make the NBA playoffs for the first time in his career. Ending the season on high points will be something both players and teams must do.