Isaiah Thomas (personal) will play Sunday
Thomas was in Washington yesterday for his sister's funeral, but he's going to play against the Wizards today. Whether due to external factors or the Bulls’ defense, Thomas shot a below-average 43.0% from the field and 20.0% from deep in the opening series. Fortunately, Washington’s defense is much worse, which should help Thomas in either case. After the break, the Wizards were 27th in defensive rating (110.7), 29th in opponent FG% (48.4%) and 3P% (38.8%) while the Bulls were third (102.2), fourth (44.4%), and first (30.7%), respectively. He’s in a great spot for to produce the monster game we’re all rooting for (outside of D.C.).
Isaiah Thomas nets 33 points in Game 1 win
Thomas had his front tooth knocked out fighting around a screen during the first quarter, after which he picked up his tooth, handed it to one of the Boston trainers and proceeded to drain back-to-back triples. IT4 put in averages of 27.8 points, 2.3 triples, 8.0 assists, 4.0 boards and 3.3 turnovers through four games against the Wizards during the regular season, so he should be big in this second-round series.
Isaiah Thomas ready for Game 1 vs. WAS
Thomas attended his sister's funeral on Saturday in Washington state, but he's already back with the team after a late night flight and was one of the first players on the floor for warmups. The Celtics have been nothing but supportive and told him to take the day off if he's not feeling up to it, but the All-Star PG will continue to play in his sister's honor the rest of the way. <br/><br/><b><a href=http://www.rotogrinders.com target=_blank>RotoGrinders.com</a> Daily Slant:</b> Whether due to external factors or the Bulls defense, Thomas shot a below-average 43.0% from the field and 20.0% from deep in the opening series. Fortunately, Washingtons defense is much worse, which should help Thomas in either case. After the break, the Wizards were 27th in defensive rating (110.7), 29th in opponent FG% (48.4%) and 3P% (38.8%) while the Bulls were third (102.2), fourth (44.4%), and first (30.7%), respectively. Hes in a great spot to produce the monster game were all rooting for.
Avery Bradley expecting IT to play
In case you missed it, coach Brad Stevens said he's fine with the idea of Thomas staying with his family following his sister's funeral on Saturday in Washington state. The sense around the team is that Thomas will be back and ready to go. While he didn't bust out in the first round, he was efficient in the second half against the Bulls with a 64.3 true shooting percentage.
Stevens said IT could miss Game 1
Following the win on Friday, Thomas will take a private jet to Seattle with general manager Danny Ainge. Thomas left the locker room early on Friday night and may already be en route. Thomas hasn't quite been right and is playing for his sister the rest of the way, but just about everyone is rooting for him. Expect an update on his status Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Isaiah Thomas to travel to Tacoma after Gm 6
It's unbelievable that Thomas has been able to play as well as he has during this first-round series vs. Chicago considering the incredibly sad situation he and his family is dealing with. If Bulls win on Friday and force a Game 7, it would be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Boston. Or, if both the Wizards and Celtics win on Friday, then Game 1 of the Boston vs. Washington series would be played on Sunday. Thus, Thomas may have to rush back east on Saturday night.
Isaiah Thomas scores 33 as Celts win Game 4
Thomas made one 3-pointer while chipping in seven assists, four rebounds and one steal, and as usual he was the Celtics' savior offensively. He dominated in the second half, despite battling foul trouble, and he earned a technical foul for accurately shouting "You can't guard me!" at Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams. He's playing freely, with MVP-like swagger, which is an ominous sight for Bulls fans.
Isaiah Thomas scores 16 points in win vs. CHI
The Bulls were able to keep IT in check for the first half with just six points, but Thomas busted out in the third with eight points, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in those eight minutes. He rejoined his team on Thursday night after a trip to Washington to be with his family, so he still isn't quite in his routine. Regardless of how he plays, IT gets a ton of credit for playing through such a family tragedy. We may see IT time on Sunday.
Isaiah Thomas rejoins team, will play Friday
He was expected to fly into Chicago on Thursday night following his trip to Washington for his sister's funeral. Thomas is coming off a subpar game with only 20 points in 42 minutes, so it'll be easy to root for him in a bounce back game. He's also had a tougher time against Rajon Rondo (thumb), so the Celtics are in good shape today.
Celtics planning to have IT meet in CHI
Thomas went to his home state of Washington to attend his younger sister's funeral. He is fully expected to play in Game 3 on Friday as the Celtics look to rebound from their 0-2 start.