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.