Thomas will return home to be with family after Game 2, re-join Celtics for Game 3

Thomas will return home to be with family after Game 2, re-join Celtics for Game 3

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas will not travel with the Boston Celtics for Game 3 of their best-of-seven series with the Chicago Bulls.
Instead, he will return to Tacoma, Wash. to be with his family following the death of his 22-year-old sister in a one-car accident on Saturday.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Thomas, who has not spoken publicly since his sister’s death, will re-join the team in time for Friday’s Game 3 matchup.
Stevens said no decision had been made on whether the team would be at the funeral for Chyna J. Thomas, because the funeral arrangements had yet to be finalized.
On Sunday, Thomas scored a game-high 33 points in Boston’s Game 1 loss to the Bulls which was about 24 hours after learning of his sister’s death in a one-car accident in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Avery Bradley, who grew up in the same Tacoma, Wash. neighborhood as Thomas and has known him since they were pre-teens, has been among those offering support during this time of grieving.
“Me and Isaiah have known each other since we were kids,” Bradley said. “We’re family. No matter what goes on, we’re going to have each other’s back. We’re always going to be there for one another. I think he knows that, and I know the same about him. We’re always going to support each other. Not to say our teammates aren’t going to support us as well, but we’re family; it’s different. I’m going to be there for him no matter what.
Bradley added, “I’m just happy to be a part of his life. He’s a special person, a special player. I know that as this playoff series continues, Isaiah is going to continue to play well and I’m going to continue to support him. He’s going to play for his sister.”

Isaiah Thomas isn't ruling out return to Celtics

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Isaiah Thomas isn't ruling out return to Celtics

Isaiah Thomas back in green? Maybe there's a chance after all.

The former Celtics guard, now with the Lakers, started a Q&A session on Twitter and was asked whether he'd consider returning to Boston this offseason. This was his answer...

That's not a no.

Thomas has had a rough go of it since leaving the Celtics. His brief tenure in Cleveland didn't go according to plan, and things haven't gotten a whole lot better out in L.A. The 29-year-old is averaging 15.3 points per game just a year after averaging 28.9 with Boston.

Let the speculation begin.


Horford not making any excuses after C's rough outing vs Pelicans

Horford not making any excuses after C's rough outing vs Pelicans

Al Horford understands that there’s plenty of blame pie to go around following Boston’s 108-89 loss to New Orleans. 

Considering how Pelicans stud Anthony Davis dominated the game on so many levels Sunday night, Horford was quick to acknowledge his role in the loss. 

“He (Davis) was able to get behind our defense a lot,” Horford told reporters after the loss. “Some mistakes on my end; gotta give him credit. He dominated tonight. I’ll definitely take the blame for that.”

Davis finished with a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, a total that would have been higher if not for the game being so lopsided which allowed Davis to head to the bench early in the fourth. 

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And Horford’s struggles defensively were just as problematic on offense as the five-time All-Star tallied just six points on 3-for-11 shooting to go with four rebounds and three assists. 

Boston has been a team whose collective sums have fueled their success. 

But Horford understands he has to be a high impact performer, a job that’s even more vital when key starters like Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) and Jaylen Brown (concussion) are out as well as top reserves Marcus Smart (right thumb) and Daniel Theis (torn meniscus). 

And by Horford’s own admission, he just didn’t bring it on Sunday at a level to give him and the Celtics a legit shot at winning the game.

“Defensively we had too many breakdowns,” Horford said. “And the game got away from us in the second half. So there’s no excuses. I didn’t give us a chance, either; missing a lot of looks offensively. I just need to be better.”

And he’ll have to be if Boston (47-23) is to get back on track with a win on Tuesday against a talented Oklahoma City squad led by Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. 

At full strength, the Thunder would be a significant challenge for the Celtics. 

But having a roster with a number of key players out with injuries, it becomes even more imperative for Boston’s top players to elevate their play. 

And as you scan this Celtics roster and examine those who are healthy enough to play, it’s clear that Horford more than any other Boston player, has to find a way to become more impactful.

Certainly, more points and rebounds would help. 

But as we’ve seen time and time again with Horford, often his greatest contributions to winning games don’t necessarily show up in the final box score. 

That being said, a six-point, four-rebound game doesn’t cut it. 

Horford has to be better, something he knows better than anyone. 

“I’ll definitely look at the film and see how I can be better individually,” Horford said. “The good thing about the NBA, is we have a chance to play on Tuesday. Hopefully we’ll learn from this game and be ready to go Tuesday at home.”