Isaiah Thomas is a straight shooter. He speaks his mind, even when it seems to be an unpopular opinion or a cocky statement. After a disappointing loss to the reigning champs in Cleveland, ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg noted how IT4 wasn't afraid to say it how it is:

"We're not on that level yet," he said. "We're not on Cleveland's level, so we got work to do. And we gotta figure it out."

Thomas claimed that they came into the night prepared to compete with LeBron James and the Cavs, and that it was the execution that was lacking:

"We had a pretty good scout. It had something that we wanted to do and, when we did it, we were successful," Thomas said. "And when we didn't, it showed."

"[The Cavaliers] know what we can do, we know what we can do, we just gotta play better,"

Celtics fans don't need to here it from Isaiah to know that Boston has been struggling against the league's best squads all season long. They are now 0-9 against teams with better records than them. Let that sink in for a second. The way this Celtics team is built, there isn't a great margin of error because top teams will take advantage of mistakes:

"The real good teams, you make a mistake and they capitalize on it, whether it be the Cavs, the Warriors, the Spurs -- those type of teams don't let you live when you make a mistake. We're not on that level yet."

Boston has got to do something to start changing the tide. I feel like I have been saying it for a straight month now, but the green are still desperate for a big win against a top contender - or at least a team with a better record - and Isaiah knows it.

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Erik Johnson 12/30/2016 06:20:00 PM Edit
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