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One Day After Reaching The Eastern Conference Finals The Boston Celtics Earned The #1 Pick In The NBA Draft
It was hard to imagine things getting any sweeter for Celtics fans after Monday’s game-seven victory over the Wizards, but they have. The NBA Draft Lottery is in the books, and Boston officially has the first overall selection in the upcoming NBA Draft.Picking first is the ideal scenario for any team, and it is particularly exciting for the Celtics given their current level of competence. The number-one pick rarely goes to a team with any sort of near-term prospects, let alone one that reaches the Conference Finals.
Securing the top spot puts Boston in the best possible position, regardless of what they choose to do with the pick. Should they keep it, the Celtics have assurance they can draft whatever player they please—no negotiating, posturing, or compromising required. – Celtics Blog
Celtics fans last night
What an amazing two days for the Celtics organization and fans. On Monday night they defeated the Wizards to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and last night they won the draft lottery and earned the #1 pick in this year’s draft. While the #1 pick doesn’t guarantee you a bonafide superstar, it’s still a pretty sweet spot to be in, especially for a team that’s currently one series win away from the NBA Finals. It’s easy to play the blame game when things are going poorly, but Danny Ainge and company should be praised for the way they’ve built this team from the ground up. The last time the Celtics were in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012, they had Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen on their squad. Less then a year later Garnett and Pierce were traded to the Nets, and one of the picks they received in return is now a #1 overall selection.
It’s not all good news for the C’s: the man they lost to in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, Lebron James, is still King of the NBA mountain. His Cavs still haven’t lost a game in the 2017 playoffs, and even though they have home court advantage, the Celtics will head into tonight’s game 1 as underdogs. When the playoffs began, the Celtics knew they’d have to go through Lebron to reach the NBA Finals, so hopefully they can keep the magic going and pull off an upset.
Before I begin, let’s look at some of Isaiah Thomas’s stats over the last two games. Per ESPN,
- His 53 points were the second-highest postseason output by a Celtics player, trailing only John Havlicek’s 54 in 1973.
- He became the first Boston player to record a 50-point game in both the regular season and playoffs.
- His 29 points in the fourth quarter and overtime were just one point fewer than the Wizards scored as a team in the same span.
- He has scored 86 points in the first two games of this series. That’s the highest combined total ever in the first two games of a series, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Those are amazing numbers, but when you add in the heartbreak Thomas has gone through off the court, it enhances what he’s been able to do. Isaiah should have been celebrating his sister Chyna’s 23rd birthday after last night’s win, but instead he had to deliver a eulogy at her funeral only four days ago. Thomas has barely been able to hold it together in interviews both pre and post game, but as he told the TNT on court reporter following last night’s win, the basketball court is the one place where he can focus and do what he does best. The Celtics have now won 6 straight playoff games and will head to game 3 in Washington Thursday night with a 2-0 series lead. There are a lot of reasons for the Celts 6 straight wins and a commanding lead in this series, but none of them are bigger than the play of Isaiah Thomas.
If you’re looking for a good Wednesday morning cry, you can watch Thomas’s post game interview below.