Isaiah Thomas Pushes Through Adversity, Guides Celtics To Win

But the Celtics caught up in the second quarter, stayed close and then exploded in a 36-point third quarter to lead by 15 after three before holding off a Washington charge.

The Boston Celtics claimed a victory in the game one of their second round series with the Washington Wizards on Sunday evening, and once again Isaiah Thomas was at the centre of everything.

Following his game-high 33-point effort on Sunday, Thomas now has three 30-point games this postseason after just one in his previous 10 playoff games.

The Boston Celtics got hit with a devastating emotional blow just as the playoffs were about to start. In those situations, Bradley Beal said, "We lack some IQ and focus".

While the bench points wound up being even, Kelly Olynyk (12 points), Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier brought the energy that helped the Celtics get back into this game. I had the Boston Celtics winning in five games over the Chicago Bulls. Perhaps the Jazz can win one game at home, but this series will not be competitive.

If Puget Sound basketball fans are looking for a figure to rally around, they have one in Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Let's not kid ourselves: DeShaun Watson will be better than Mitch Trubisky
But he'll also have Watson breathing down his neck and looking for playing time if he starts to struggle a little. Either way, he will be reunited with former Tigers' star Deandre Hopkins and a young, impressive receiving corps.

Washington made a barnstorming start, racing into a 16-0 lead before establishing a 38-24 advantage after the first quarter, but Boston recovered in emphatic fashion. There is an injury cloud over Markieff Morris who did not return after leaving in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle, but I like the Wizards with the points if he is available.

Markeif Morris, a starter and crucial part of the Wizards' team left the game with an injury at the 11-minute mark, which could have been why the Wizards blew such a commanding lead. So why should he come out when he's playing really well and not you?

"I can't break down right now", Wizards center Marcin Gortat said. After trading baskets for most of the first five minutes of the third quarter, Jae Crowder's corner triple would give the Celtics their first lead of the game at 73-71 with 6:54 to play in the quarter.

"It just bothers me to talk". J.J. Redick didn't hit his first 3-pointer until the game's final 3 ½ minutes, drawing the Clippers within eight.

Game Two in Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Bird says simply that he wanted to step away from the full-time job. He had 10 assists last night - you have to be able to help and get back and get all the way back. Even through the adversity of a knocked out tooth, Thomas was able to make shots and prove his toughness throughout. The latter two can exploit Thomas off the dribble and Porter is much more skilled than Oubre in the post and making plays in the middle of the floor. They shot 19-39 from three-point range and if they can continue to shoot like this they will be a hard team to beat. "They got the swelling to go down a whole lot, but it nearly was like the size of a softball". His balanced effort of 21 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds was the flawless complement to the scoring of the other starters. This year, he has come into his own, among the National Basketball Association elites, and plays every game as if he has something to prove.

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