Drew Gooden Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week
Bucks players named Eastern Conference Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks
The National Basketball Association announced today that Bucks forward Drew Gooden has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played March 12-18. The honor is the first of Gooden’s career and follows Ersan Ilyasova’s win from last week, marking the first time two Bucks players have been awarded Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks since Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, 2006, when Mo Williams and Michael Redd each won.
Gooden recorded his second career triple double against Cleveland last Wednesday with 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high tying 13 assists. Gooden and LeBron James are the only front-court players to tally 13 assists in one game this season. Over the three games played by the Bucks last week, Gooden averaged 18.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists. In addition to his triple-double, Gooden also recorded his 11th double-double of the season at Golden State last Friday with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bucks went 3-0 on the week, adding to their five-game winning streak – the longest active streak in the NBA – with a home win against Cleveland and two road victories against New Jersey and Golden State. Milwaukee is currently a half game behind the New York Knicks for the last slot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Bucks look to continue their winning ways in Portland on Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. (CT) and will air live on FS Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ. The Bucks will return to the Bradley Center on Thursday when they host the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at Bucks.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-4NBA-TIX or in person at the Bradley Center Box Office. Fans can also visit bucks.com/savebucks for additional great ticket value offers and packages.