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Brad Stevens had a great comeback for instigating Isaiah Thomas in Celtics-Wizards

Brad Stevens had a great comeback for instigating Isaiah Thomas in Celtics-Wizards

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Brad Stevens is no Gregg Popovich. But he knows how to land a well-timed zinger.

The Boston Celtics head coach had a friendly exchange with Isaiah Thomas at midcourt during Monday's game against the Washington Wizards, as Thomas appeared to be urging the referees give his former boss a technical foul.

Stevens smiled and shot something back at Thomas, but we didn't know what was said -- until Wednesday afternoon.

In his interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand," Stevens detailed his exchange with Thomas and the backstory that led to a pretty solid one-liner.

"A couple years ago we were doing a drill in practice," Stevens said, "Avery (Bradley) was on Isaiah and we were working our pick-and-roll defense.

"And I said, 'We're going to make him go left, and if we can be effective against him going left, we can be effective against anybody. Isaiah yelled at me and said ... 'Let me talk my own trash!' "

Stevens apparently remembered Thomas' words from two years ago, and threw them back at his former point guard Monday night.

"I'm clamoring for a jump ball at half court, and (Thomas) thinks I'm clamoring a little too hard. He looks at the official and says, 'I think you should tech him up!'

"And I said, 'Let me talk my own trash.' "

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Well played, Brad.

Stevens was Thomas' coach for three seasons in Boston, so he probably has plenty more ammo on the veteran guard.

Thomas got the last laugh Monday night, though, scoring 17 points to help lead Washington to an upset win.

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Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Enes Kanter remains on top of his TikTok game.

The Boston Celtics center took a break from eating marshmallows off a treadmill to share his hysterical impression of teammate Tacko Fall.

Watch his latest masterpiece below:


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That's about as accurate as it gets.

As much as it seems Kanter is making the most of quarantine life, he's itching to get back onto the court. He recently expressed concern about the NBA season potentially getting cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which especially would be crushing since the C's are in the mix for a title.

You can hear more from Kanter in the latest episode of "The Enes Kanter Show" below:

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

A virtual game of HORSE? The NBA certainly is trying to get creative amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a HORSE competition involving "several high-profile players," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The competitors would take shots from their home gyms and have to match those of other players. 

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Will one of those "high-profile players" be former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce? It's possible, and he wants in on the competition.

The 10-time All-Star actually could make a splash in the competition -- he shot 44.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc in his 19-year NBA career. 

If the 42-year-old ends up competing in the competition, the only thing going against him would be his age. However, if he's anything like Tom Brady then he'll be just fine. 

With the NBA season on pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a HORSE competition could be pretty fun to watch.