Boston Celtics

Butler beats out Thomas for Eastern Conference Player of Week honors


Butler beats out Thomas for Eastern Conference Player of Week honors

BOSTON -- It was another strong week for Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, but not strong enough to win the Eastern Conference’s Player of the week honors.

That award went to Jimmy Butler, who, like Thomas, led his team to a 3-0 week.

This was the second consecutive week that Thomas was nominated for the award, the only player in the Eastern Conference with that distinction. In the Western Conference, Portland’s C.J. McCollum and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan were nominated each of the last two weeks out West.

In the three games Butler led the Bulls to victory, he averaged a league-leading 38.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 40 percent on 3’s.

Thomas averaged 30.3 points, which ranked fifth in the league last week, along with 6.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 51.8 percent from the field and an NBA-leading 56.5 percent from 3-point range among players who averaged 25 or more points last week.

While Butler’s numbers certainly make him a worthy recipient of the award. But that shouldn’t take away from what was yet another strong week by Thomas, who has consistently been one of the top players in the East.

Out West, Golden State’s Stephen Curry was the Player of the Week out West when he averaged 31.8 points (third in the West) along with 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds in leading the Warriors to a 3-1 week.

Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery


Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not need surgery on his right hip after being hampered late in the postseason. 

Thomas originally suffered the injury March 15 against the Timberwolves and missed two games before reaggravating it in Game 6 of the second round against the Wizards. He played the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but was shut down for the final three. 

“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

The Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach wrote that the team waited for swelling to go down before determining whether surgery would be needed, and that “barring any further setbacks,” he will not. 

Thomas is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points a game. He is entering the final year of his contract.