How exactly did Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas morph from a backup point guard dismissed by two lottery teams into the All-NBA face of one of the league's most storied franchises?
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After Celtics coach Brad Stevens finished detailing the hip injury that leaves Isaiah Thomas questionable moving forward and after he tried to explain how his team had just endured the most lopsided loss by a No. 1 seed in National Basketball Association history, Stevens was asked where the Celtics go from here.
Welp. The Cleveland Cavaliers utterly embarrassed the Boston Celtics in Boston last night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals and leave everyone with the sense of the inevitable. Thomas had a hip injury early on in game 2. Team doctor Brian McKeon says if he continues playing, he could have "more significant long-term damage to his hip".
"Today, we had our spirit back", Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said after the game. After 15 games in the playoffs, he averaged 23.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 6.7 assists.
James has scored 30 points in eight straight games as he looks to visit the finals for the seventh-straight season, and he has never lost a play-off series when his team has been up 2-0. If it happens, we'll figure out how to play together. The Cavaliers could finish off the sweep with victories in Cleveland.
"Just another chip on his shoulder, which helps us", Smith said. But 10 seconds was all the Celtics would need to get it done, as Bradley won the game on a last second three.
The Boston Celtics had the good fortune of winning the NBA Draft Lottery, walking away with the first overall pick thanks to a swap with the Brooklyn Nets from the infamous Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett trade.
With the game deadlocked at 108 as the final seconds ticked away, a magnificent designed play saw Al Horford free Bradley to take the final look of the game, a wide-open three that touched almost every part of the rim before finding bottom with 0.1 remaining. In addition to G Marcus Smart, F Amir Johnson also rejoined the Boston lineup after being replaced by Gerald Green in Game 2. But, in game 1 of the same series, he played for 42 minutes. Because until further notice or he moves, the Eastern Conference is the domain of this king. Trying to imagine facing that challenge without their most important player, and in the wake of one of the most lopsided playoff games that has ever been seen, is something that can suck all motivation out.
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