Saturday Celtics Breakdown: Life Without Isaiah Thomas

13 – 10

(2-2 this week)

4th In The Conference/ 2nd In Division.

Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Thomas Has P.R.P. Injection:

For those that don’t know what a P.R.P. injection is… welcome to the club. The acronym stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, which was what was injected into the groin of Isaiah Thomas. It’s a procedure free alternative for any tendon or cartilage injuries/issues. The injection utilizes platelets from the injured’s own blood to rebuild the damaged tendon/cartilage. Now that my barf bag can be set aside, Oh! wait a minute, Isaiah friggin’ Thomas had to receive the vampire shot into his own groin!!. (Wipes sweat from brow and breathes heavy) That sounds awful to be frank about it. Let alone whatever it may be that Isaiah Thomas is experiencing, He has had the last 2 games off.

 

The Losses:

Coming off a 107-106 victory, the tables turned on This past Monday. James Harden dropped 37 points with only 14 shots taken from the floor. More impressively he was 18 for 18 from the free throw line. The rockets had a +19 free throw attempt advantage, basically James hardens night was the difference in this game. Though the sneaky, ground and pound Celtics found a way to make James Harden give them a chance to win. Marcus Smart drew a flagrant foul from the “Bearded Baller” with 16 seconds left and being down 107-104. 2 free throws (made making it 107-106 Rockets) and possession when trailing by 3 is a godsend. Include the idea of Thomas missing a lay-up and the Celtics getting an OFFENSIVE REBOUND and having another crack at it. Which is exactly what happened, except Horford clanged the game winner, and the C’s fell just short of what would have been an impressive win. The Rockets were a +5 on the glass, which I could yammer on and on about, but the fact of the matter is James Harden does a few things real well, and some things really poorly. One of those things Harden does poorly is play defense, Smart, Bradley, and Thomas all scored double digits. One thing Harden does real well; is getting to the foul line. And tonight the rebounding gets a break, because harden going perfect on 18 free throws is tough to overcome.

Boston wrapped up their week playing host to the Toronto Raptors. Boston has been a great 2nd half team this year, but Friday night Toronto outscored the C’s 33-18 in the 3rd. Toronto wiped away an 8 point deficit at the half, and Kyle Lowry started putting the pressure on Avery Bradley. Bradley played well with 19 points, but wound up with 5 fouls. Kyle Lowry just simply played better, combined with Derozan they had 18 free throw attempts. The loss to Toronto was Boston’s first loss within the division.

 

The Wins:

Boston started the week off in Philly. As I mentioned the C’s has a 107-106  victory prior to playing Houston. The 76ers were victim of the 1 point victory for Boston. Philadelphia opened the game with an 8 point lead after the 1st. Boston played the 2nd quarter tough, but weren’t able to gain any ground by halftime. The C’s came out of the half strong and tied it up by the end of the quarter. Then the league’s best 4th quarter scoring team (Your Boston Celtics) showed up and edged out the ‘6ers by 1. The game was tied 100-100 with 30 seconds left and Isaiah Thomas dropped 2 of the 37 on the night with a layup that wound up separating the game. After several intentional fouls and timeouts Boston prevailed.

 

In Isaiah’s first game out the Celtics played (and I mean played) the Magic. Boston won this game by 30, 117-87. 7 Celtics scored in double digits which is really good team ball. If you don’t mind, I would like to pound my digital chest. The Celtics played there best game against a mediocre opponent, but they also won the rebound battle by 9 and if you remove “team rebounds” they won by 11. I could be wrong here, but I do not recall a double-digit deficit in favor of Boston when it comes to crashing the boards this year. Boston rolled in this one, here’s some highlights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wNxe9Gewk0

Statistical Leaders:

Isaiah Thomas: 26 ppg/ 6.1 apg

Avery Bradley: 7.7 rpg

Marcus Smart: 1.2 spg

Al Horford: 2.5 bpg

 

What 2 Watch 4:

  1. Isaiah’s return will be priority number 1.
  2. Boston has a very difficult 2 game road stint at OKC then at SAS. Isaiah will be pretty important for both of those if he is healthy, plus Horford will match up well for this week.
  3. Boston finishes up the week home against Charlotte. Charlotte and Boston have fought back and forth for the 3rd seed, and wins they pick up can be vital for tie-breakers.
  4. Keep up on trade rumors, I feel like Bogut may be a viable trade option for the Celtics. AB would help the rebounding issues.

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30 year old cynical yet spoiled Boston sports fan. I love the Patriots and the Celtics I'm not as passionate about everyone else. 2004 was the worst thing to happen to my Fanhood. I will never see the Boston Red Sox do anything that great again, so I've kind of lost interest in the team. I root for them all though don't let me fool you. I was born and raised in New England and I'm never leaving.

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Dave Dawson

30 year old cynical yet spoiled Boston sports fan. I love the Patriots and the Celtics I'm not as passionate about everyone else. 2004 was the worst thing to happen to my Fanhood. I will never see the Boston Red Sox do anything that great again, so I've kind of lost interest in the team. I root for them all though don't let me fool you. I was born and raised in New England and I'm never leaving. Follow me on any available social media sites, and get to see the real me. I am very responsive and would love to get to know you guys!

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