BOSTON’S THOMAS AND GOLDEN STATE’S CURRY NAMED NBA EASTERN AND WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
The Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 5.
Thomas led the Celtics to a 4-0 week as Boston extended its winning streak to seven games. He averaged an NBA-best 37.8 points (on 49.4 percent shooting from the field) to go with 6.8 assists. His week featured back-to-back games of at least 40 points, with the first coming on Jan. 30, when he scored 24 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter in a 113-109 win over the Detroit Pistons. Two days later, he finished with 44 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, to lift the Celtics past the Toronto Raptors 109-104.
Curry led the Warriors to a 2-1 week, pacing the West in scoring (34.3 ppg) and steals (3.0 spg) and ranking second in assists (9.3 apg). He shot 57.1 percent from the field and hit 22-of-39 (56.4 percent) from three-point range. Curry began the week by making 11-of-15 from three-point range on his way to 39 points in a 126-111 victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 1. The next day, he scored 29 points and matched a season high with 11 assists in a 133-120 win over the LA Clippers.
Here is a recap of the week for Thomas and Curry:
Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
Jan. 30 vs. Detroit: Recorded 41 points and eight assists in a 113-109 win over the Pistons.
Feb. 1 vs. Toronto: Tallied 44 points, seven assists and four rebounds in a 109-104 win over the Raptors.
Feb. 3 vs. L.A. Lakers: Scored 38 points in a 113-107 victory against the Lakers.
Feb. 5 vs. LA Clippers: Posted 28 points and eight assists in a 107-102 win over the Clippers.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Feb. 1 vs. Charlotte: Scored 39 points and added eight assists, five rebounds and three steals in a 126-111 victory over the Hornets.
Feb. 2 @ LA Clippers: Collected 29 points, 11 assists, three rebounds and three steals in a 133-120 win over the Clippers.
Feb. 4 @ Sacramento: Scored 39 points to go with nine assists, four rebounds and three steals in a 109-106 overtime loss to the Kings.
Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Dallas’ Yogi Ferrell, Houston’s James Harden, Indiana’s Jeff Teague, Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, Phoenix’s Devin Booker, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Washington’s John Wall.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS PURCHASE NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE TEAM
– Team to Debut in 2017-18 Season at New Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin –
NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2017 – The Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA Development League announced today that the Bucks have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will begin play in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for the 2017-18 season.
As part of the deal, Fox Valley Pro Basketball, led by Greg Pierce, will be constructing a new 3,500-seat arena for the new minor league team. With the purchase, the Bucks become the 20th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate, while the NBA D-League grows to a record 25 teams for next season.
“NBA teams are increasingly recognizing the NBA D-League’s value in providing opportunities to players, coaches and front office executives,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. “A record two-thirds of NBA teams now own an NBA D-League affiliate, and I’m excited to welcome Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan and the Bucks to that list.”
“Our ownership group has been steadfast in its commitment to both build a championship-caliber basketball program and develop stronger partnerships with fans and communities throughout the state of Wisconsin,” said Bucks co-owner Wes Edens. “We’re thrilled to announce this partnership with the City of Oshkosh, Greg Pierce and his team, and the incredible basketball fans throughout the Fox Valley. This new team will be an invaluable resource for our basketball staff and an incredible vehicle for connecting with Wisconsin’s passionate sports fans.”
The new arena for the Bucks’ NBA D-League team is expected to anchor the newly designated “Sawdust District” located near Pioneer Drive Park along the shore of Lake Winnebago.
“I believe that Oshkosh’s Central City is on the verge of a renaissance,” said Oshkosh Mayor Steve Cummings. “The Bucks’ selection of Oshkosh as its location for their D-League team reinforces our reputation as a great place to work, play and learn. The new arena will be the cornerstone of a revived central city that will attract visitors and greater development opportunities to Oshkosh.”
“When we pitched this idea, the Fox Valley’s response was so immediate and enthusiastic, we knew this would be the ideal location for the team to expand,” said Greg Pierce of Fox Valley Pro Basketball. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Building a new arena, bringing the Sawdust District vision to life and expanding the sports and entertainment options in our region will have a transformative impact on our community.”
Fans interested in securing tickets for the inaugural season of NBA D-League action in the Fox Valley can reserve their seats online at www.foxvalleybasketball.com. Visitors to the site are also encouraged to submit ideas for the official team name, which will be announced in the coming months.
As part of today’s announcement, the Bucks are also welcoming BMO Harris Bank as the first official sponsor of the new NBA D-League team. A longtime partner of the Bucks, BMO Harris Bank operates nearly 200 branches in the state of Wisconsin, including 12 in the Fox Valley.
More than 75 NBA players have been assigned to the NBA D-League for development or rehabilitation this season, including half of the players selected in NBA Draft 2016 presented by State Farm. In total, more than 40 percent of the last five NBA Draft classes have honed their skills in the NBA D-League.
Two current Bucks players, Khris Middleton and Rashad Vaughn, have NBA D-League experience. In total, the Bucks have assigned 10 players since the 2005-06 season, the first when NBA teams were able to send players to the NBA D-League.