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Carsen Edwards views Isaiah Thomas as an inspiration: 'He changed the game'

Carsen Edwards views Isaiah Thomas as an inspiration: 'He changed the game'

BOSTON -- An undersized Celtics point guard wearing No. 4 helped spark Boston's offense Wednesday night.

No, this isn't 2017, and no, we're not talking about Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics' new "little guy" is rookie Carsen Edwards, who poured in a career-high 18 points off the bench on 7-of-12 shooting in a 140-133 win over the Washington Wizards.

It was fitting that Edwards' effort came opposite Thomas -- the last Celtic to wear No. 4 prior to Edwards -- who coincidentally added 18 points of his own in his second trip back to Boston since being traded in 2017.

To no one's surprise, the 5-foot-11 Edwards appreciates Thomas' game.

"I used to watch him growing up, and a couple of years back when he was doing his thing," Edwards said after the game. "I’m a big fan of him, just the way he’s able to get his shot."

Like Thomas, Edwards is a second-round pick (No. 33 overall) who comes into the NBA with a chip on his shoulder. But the last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft offers a perfect model for Edwards to follow.

"A guy like him gives guys like me hope: short guys that want to make it," Edwards said. "He changed the game at his height. The things he’s done helped me a lot."

Edwards has a long way to go to become the two-time All-Star Thomas was in Boston.

But the 21-year-old Purdue product has shown an I.T.-like fearlessness early in his NBA career: After going 2-for-13 from 3-point range in his first four games, he's gone 7-for-12 since.

"He’s a guy who I spoke to a few days ago about staying ready,” Celtics guard Kemba Walker said of Edwards. “He was big time tonight, and we needed it. It was a point in time in the game when we was struggling a little bit, and he came in, and he turned us up a little bit."

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Bryce Brown his franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

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Bryce Brown his franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

The Maine Red Claws were in action at home at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday night hosting the Delaware Blue Coats, taking a 128-123 loss to fall to 7-4 and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Tacko Fall wasn’t in action, but Bryce Brown was simply furious, leading all scorers with 43 points 15 of 17 from the floor overall and a franchise single-game record 11 of 11 three-pointers. Tremont Waters was terrific, too, with 18 points and 11 assists.

HIGHLIGHTS

BRYCE BROWN

Brown, an undrafted free agent who helped lead Auburn to its first Final Four appearance last spring, was simply unconscious for the Claws. He shot a perfect 11 of 11 from three-point range to give him an absurd effective field goal percentage of 1.2 for the game.

TREMONT WATERS

Waters, the Connecticut native, was crafty in his distribution, with just four turnovers to go with his 11 assists.

Yante Maten (18 points), Vincent Poirier (18) and Justin Bibbs (10) also scored in double-figures for the Red Claws.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Red Claws return to action Friday in Des Moines, Iowa to face the Iowa Wolves, with tipoff at 8 p.m. ET.

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Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Anytime is a good time to watch highlights of the greatness that was Larry Bird playing for the Celtics.

But on Larry Legend's 63rd birthday? It's time to break out the best of No. 33...

The fight with Dr. J in 1984:

The 60-point game against the Hawks in '85:

The steal against Isiah Thomas and the Pistons in '87:

The "you are watching was greatness is all about" duel with Dominique Wilkins in '88:

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