I’m not one to overly praise the Celtics for any of their successes, but it’s pretty clear they are on a roll in the playoffs now. After falling behind to the Bulls 0-2 in the 1st round, the C’s have rattled off six straight W’s to close out Chicago and then hold their home court against the Wizards.
Key to this streak has been the play of Isaiah Thomas, who, while dealing with the tragic death of his sister in a car accident, has performed up to his all-star abilities to carry the C’s offense. His play culminated with a 53 point outburst in an OT win over Washington on Tuesday, the day which would have been his recently passed sister’s 23rd birthday. To say this was an emotional day isn’t doing the circumstances justice and after the game Thomas remarked that he’s playing this way for her.
Thomas will be the first to tell you, though, that his play isn’t just about him, but also about those around him who have shown him support and aided him in his preparation to get on the court to perform. While most would think this only about his personal and professional family with the Celtics. Thomas also credited one Kobe Bean Bryant for helping him out as him and his team have reached their stride:
Isaiah Thomas details how Kobe Bryant has helped him this postseason. pic.twitter.com/Vpd4XuZYjp
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) May 3, 2017