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Isaiah Thomas reveals his Top 5 for MVP race

Isaiah Thomas reveals his Top 5 for MVP race

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas wouldn't rank himself first for the NBA's MVP race. He wouldn't put himself at second, either. But he did put himself ahead of his eastern conference rival LeBron James.

Here's his list for MVP, which he revealed to Brian Scalabrine in an exclusive interview during CSNNE's "Celtics Playoffs Preview."

1. Russell Westbrook

2. James Harden

3. Thomas

4. Kawhi Leonard 

5. James

Thomas finished third in the NBA in points per game with 28.9, a career-high. He also added 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 33.8 minutes per game in 76 games this season. He shot 46.3 percent from the field, 37.9 from the 3-point line and 90.9 percent from the free-throw line. He helped the Celtics finish first in the East above James' Cavaliers, who were the East's top seed last year.

But Thomas' numbers pale in comparison to Westbrook, who averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. He shot 42.5 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from the 3-point line and 84.5 percent from the foul line. Despite the departure of Kevin Durant, Westbrook and the Thunder finished sixth in the Western Conference.

Jaylen Brown drills two half-court shots in awesome Celtics practice video

Jaylen Brown drills two half-court shots in awesome Celtics practice video

Jaylen Brown recently deactivated his Instagram account to focus on basketball.

It appears that plan is working.

The Celtics held their second practice as a team Saturday since entering the NBA "bubble" at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, and according to the team's social media, Brown was the star of the show.

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Here's a terrific 40-second clip of the Celtics wing sinking not one but two half-court shots before celebrating with what we'll call a cartwheel:

Brown gleefully said, "I got my money" after hitting the first shot, but his opponent -- our guess is that's point guard Kemba Walker -- matched him, leading the 23-year-old to knock down another shot and send his teammates into a frenzy.

Who said there's no fun in the bubble?

The NBA's Twitter account posted another angle of one of Brown's makes in addition to footage of big men Tacko Fall and Enes Kanter getting their work in.

The Celtics have two weeks to shake off the rust before their restarted 2019-20 season begins with a July 31 matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Boston currently is the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, but some believe the C's have a legitimate shot to contend for an NBA title this summer.

If that's the case, the Celtics will need Brown -- who was averaging a career-high 20.4 points and 6.4 rebounds before the season was paused -- to display more of the talent he flashed Saturday on the practice court.

Jayson Tatum shouts out Celtics' Kara Lawson for landing Duke head coach job

Jayson Tatum shouts out Celtics' Kara Lawson for landing Duke head coach job

Kara Lawson is pulling a reverse Jayson Tatum.

The Duke women's basketball team announced Saturday it has named Lawson its new head coach, meaning she'll leave her role as a Boston Celtics assistant coach after this season to join the Blue Devils.

The Celtics will be sad to see Lawson go after her lone season as the first female assistant coach in franchise history. But Tatum, who starred at Duke before coming to Boston, approves of her next gig.

From one Tatum "family" to another.

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Lawson technically leaves behind two Duke alumni, as Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye played two seasons for the Blue Devils from 2013 to 2015 before transferring to SMU.

Tatum is a proud supporter of his alma mater -- where he spent just one season in 2016-17 before the Celtics drafted him No. 3 overall -- so his excitement for Lawson is understandable.

Tatum also will be hoping Lawson can help the Blue Devils back on track after they failed to reach the NCAA Tournament last season for just the second time in 25 years.