The Boston Celtics won their 3rd game in a row on Wednesday night, defeating a very shorthanded New Orleans Pelicans team 104-97 in their first game back at the TD Garden after 5 game road trip. The C's are currently tied with Atlanta for the #3 seed in the East, but Atlanta holds the tiebreaker.
Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points (his 10th 30 point game this season) to go along with 8 assists and 2 steals. When discussing his chances at making the All-NBA team in a post-game interview, he took a jab at Greg Dickerson and "that other guy" Gary Tanguay (who suggested earlier this season that IT was not a "foundation player" due to his size):
Isaiah Thomas, sarcastically, on if 10th 30-point game of year helps All-NBA case: “I don’t know, we don’t got no foundation player here."— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) April 7, 2016
Individual highlights of Thomas' performance can be seen in the video below, courtesy of Ximo Pierto Final on YouTube.
Jae Crowder was Boston's second leading scorer with 14 points, and Avery Bradley chipped in 13 in his first game back after the birth of his second child, including the clutch 4th quarter 3 pointer seen below.
Marcus Smart also scored in double figures, contributing 11 points off the bench. In the final minutes of the game, Smart had a great block, but unfortunately injured himself, having to leave the game to get 4 stitches above his eye. According to the official Celtics Twitter account, he should be fine for Friday's game.
Extended game highlights above courtesy of NBA Players on YouTube, box score below.
|Boston Celtics (45-32)|
|J. Mickey||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|J. Young||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|41.4%||29.4%||81.5%||team rebs: 5||total to: 10|