Thomas, Wall, Curry Takeover an Exciting Night of Playoff Hoops
Do you know what time it is? It’s IT time!
Playing with his late sister on his mind, just hours after undergoing oral surgery, Isaiah Thomas put together one of the greatest playoff performances in NBA history. The 5’7” miniature point guard led his Boston Celtics back against the Washington Wizards in Tuesday night’s Game 2, pouring in 53-points en route to a 129-119 victory. 29 of those points came in the fourth quarter and overtime, better known as IT time.
Mouth swollen, appearing unwell to even his head coach Brad Stevens, Boston’s superstar put in a performance of his life on the day of his sister’s birthday.
“I just didn’t have the energy,” Thomas said. “But once I got around the guys and got to the arena, I felt like I could go, and I told them I could. There was no way I couldn’t play on her birthday. I wanted to win for her and I wanted to play well for her.”
The Celtics overcame a double-digit deficit in both the first and second half, including a 14-point hole in the third quarter. They were trailing by six points with just under three minutes in regulation, and despite John Wall’s 40-point, 13-assist effort, Thomas willed the Celtics back and led them to a victory.
“I thought he was going to really have to gut this one out,” Stevens said. “And he not only guts it out, he ends up with 50. Pretty impressive.”
What more can be said? What we are seeing out of Thomas this postseason may just be one of the most powerful and greatest playoff performance in sports in quite some time.
The Celtics are now up 2-0 as the series shifts to Washington. The Celtics are 34-0 in series in which they are up 2-0. Pressure is now on Wall and the Wizards to break the Celtics playoff streak!
On The West Coast
The Golden Warriors continued rolling through the playoffs, starting their second round off with yet another win, moving to a 5-0 record in this year’s playoffs. Using their up-tempo style, the Warriors rolled past the defensive-minded Utah Jazz by a score of 106-94 to take a 1-0 series lead.
For Steph Curry, it was just another day in the office, dropping 22-points in only three quarters of work, calling it a night as the Warriors were not ready to relinquish their double-digit lead.
“We picked up right where we left off,” Curry said. “We weren’t clicking making shots early on but our defence really gave us an opportunity to find that flow, and that’s what you need in the playoffs.”
The ball never stopped moving for the pass-happy Warriors who dished out 32-assists in the winning effort. Despite only hitting 24% of their 29 three-point attempts for the game, the Warriors finished the contest shooting a hot 49% from the field.
The Warriors also outscored the Jazz 29-6 in fast break points, while committing a franchise playoff low seven turnovers.
“If you have those moments where you’re not urgent enough, they just punish you for it,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.
And the Warriors really did punish the Utah Jazz in Game 1. Hoping to not spend too much time in a city with no nightlife, the Warriors seem like they are once again looking towards ending a series in quick fashion.