Isaiah Thomas PG BOS 1 week ago

Thomas said that while he'd prefer to start with the Celtics this season, he's open to the idea of coming off the bench, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.

Isaiah Thomas PG BOS 3 months ago

Thomas underwent left wrist surgery to remove a cyst and believes he'll be fully healthy in 2-4 weeks, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports. In the impromptu Q & A on Twitter, Thomas also mentioned that his back injury late in the 2014-15 season effected his jumpshot, and that his goal is to start this season.

Thomas was answering fan's questions on Twitter during an overseas flight to China. He kept news of the surgery hidden for the past month and called the procedure "no big deal." A natural lefty, Thomas has been focusing on his non-shooting hand in the interim. When recently seen at the Salt Lake City Summer League, Thomas wasn't wearing a brace or wrap around his left wrist. Regarding his role on the team, he'd need to supplant Marcus Smart or Avery Bradley in the starting lineup, and based on Danny Ainge's comments from three months ago, Thomas will come off the bench this year.

Isaiah Thomas PG BOS 5 months ago

Celtics' president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday that Thomas is a more productive option off the bench, Jay King of reports. "I think Isaiah is more suited for a bench role," Ainge said. "Isaiah expends a ton of energy to score."

It's no secret that Thomas, who came off the bench for both Phoenix and Boston last season, would prefer to start, but it appears the Celtics would prefer to continue deploying him off the bench. Given Thomas' stature and style of play, he's likely best suited to come off the bench, though there is some concern that he could become unhappy in a long-term reserve role.

Isaiah Thomas PG BOS 5 months ago

Thomas proved in 21 regular season and four playoff games that he's exactly the type of scoring sparkplug that the team needs. In his 21 games in Celtic green, Thomas averaged 19.0 points, 5.4 assists and 2.3 made threes per game.

Thomas led the team in points per game and averaged 17.5 points during his four playoff games versus Cleveland. He's an ideal foil for the team's two defensive guards, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart. Thomas is under contract, at a reasonable price, for two more years with Boston.

Isaiah Thomas PG BOS 5 months ago

Thomas had another poor shooting performance in Sunday's Game 4 loss, but he still finished the game with 21 points (4-17 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 12-12 FT), five rebounds and nine assists in 37 minutes.

Thomas finishes the season going 6-for-26 in his final two games of this series. Still, he had three games against the Cavs with 21 or more points.

Isaiah Thomas PG BOS 5 months ago

Thomas had a poor Game 3 in Boston Thursday, scoring only five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

After allowing Thomas to post back-to-back 22 point games early in the series, the Cavalier front court was focused on shutting down Thomas during Game 3. Thomas missed all three of his three-point attempts and dished only two assists. He and the Celtics hope to avoid elimination on Sunday.

Isaiah Thomas PG BOS 5 months ago

Thomas led the Celtics in scoring once again Tuesday, posting 22 points (6-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 10-10 FT) in 30 minutes off the bench. He also added seven assists and a steal, but committed four turnovers as the Celtics fell to the Cavaliers 99-91.

Thomas is off to a strong start this postseason with 22 points in each of his first two outings. He is the Celtics' most dynamic threat on offense and is really only a "bench player" in name alone. His ability to score and distribute makes him one of the better point guards in daily formats for the playoffs.

Isaiah Thomas PG BOS 6 months ago

Thomas played 32 minutes off the bench during Sunday's loss to the Cavaliers, finishing with a team-high of 22 points (6-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-8 FT), to go along with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal.

Thomas ended the regular season as the Celtic's leading scorer with a season average of 16.4 points per game, so it's not surprising he again led the team in points during Sunday's game against the Cavaliers. The double-double was his first of the season, as Thomas had yet to reach double-digit assists this season. Considering Thomas will continue to get starters' minutes throughout the rest of the playoffs, don't expect too much of a drop-off in his numbers, although his assist numbers are likely to decrease a bit.

Isaiah Thomas PG BOS 6 months ago

Thomas (rest) will sit out of Wednesday's regular season finale against Milwaukee, Jay King of reports.

With the Celtics' playoff position already set, Thomas will get the night off Wednesday before the postseason begins. Thomas had played at least 20 minutes in each of his last 11 games since returning from a back injury.

Isaiah Thomas PG BOS 6 months ago

Thomas scored 34 points (10-17 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 10-11 FT) with six assists and three rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench Wednesday.

He played like his namesake in his namesake's old stomping grounds, as the Celtics eliminated the Pistons from the playoff picture on Wednesday. He's scored at least 23 points in each of the last three games, and if Boston hangs onto their postseason berth it will be in large part due to Thomas.