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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.