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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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Celtics-Timberwolves simulation: Jaylen Brown's heroics help C's extend win streak

Celtics-Timberwolves simulation: Jaylen Brown's heroics help C's extend win streak

The NBA season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait until mid-April at the earliest to watch the Boston Celtics again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Celtics action, we'll be using the NBA 2K20 video game to simulate each game on the schedule until they finally return.

PREVIOUS FIVE SIMULATIONS

The Celtics were supposed to be taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday at TD Garden. Here's how our simulation of the matchup went:

CELTICS STATS

It's no surprise to see Kemba Walker as the Celtics' leading scorer yet again. He's by far been Boston's best offensive player since we've started these simulations. This time, he led the way with 39 points.

But the hero in this game was Jaylen Brown. Late in the fourth quarter, Brown nailed a clutch shot to tie the game at 106. With two seconds remaining, Brown put Minnesota away with the game-winner. He finished with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting.

Jayson Tatum had a nice performance of his own with 20 points and nine rebounds.

TIMBERWOLVES STATS

Karl-Anthony Towns gave the C's plenty of trouble in this one. The Timberwolves big man led his team in scoring with 30 points and was a force on the glass with 16 rebounds. He also tied the game at 110 with only five seconds left on the clock.

James Johnson, D'Angelo Russell, Jarrett Culver and ex-Celtic Evan Turner each did their part by scoring in double figures, but it wasn't enough to finish the job.

TEAM STATS

Minnesota actually had the edge in most categories, but their 3-point woes proved costly. They shot a putrid 19 percent from beyond the arc while the Celtics shot 41 percent. That's why Boston was able to storm back from an 11-point deficit and earn the W.

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 112, Timberwolves 110

The NBA 2K Celtics are on fire as that's now eight straight wins. Tune in Tuesday for their next matchup vs. the Miami Heat.

Danny Ainge details relationship with Michael Jordan before Celtics-Bulls in 1986

Danny Ainge details relationship with Michael Jordan before Celtics-Bulls in 1986

Danny Ainge wasn't a player that would often hang out with opponents during his playing days.

But he did make an exception when it came to Michael Jordan.

In a recent interview with NBC Sports Boston's Brian Scalabrine, Ainge detailed his relationship with Jordan and spoke of a time that the two golfed together ahead of the Celtics-Bulls playoff series in 1986. Here's a look at that interview, per the Celtics on NBC Sports Boston's Twitter account.

"This is the only time ever in my entire career that I had dinner, lunch did anything with an opponent," Ainge said of the meeting with Jordan. "But with Michael, Michael loved golf and I loved golf and Michael reached out and wanted to know where he could find a golf course and maybe get on a golf course to play in Boston on their two off days. So, I think we arranged to play 36 at Framingham Country Club."

Ainge also called Jordan "one competitive son of a gun", a fact well-known to anyone who saw Jordan compete during his playing days.

Nobody will blame Ainge for spending time with Jordan on a day off. After all, the Celtics were still able to sweep the Bulls in the series even despite Jordan averaging a whopping 43.7 points per game. So, it doesn't seem like either side picked up many tips and tricks about how to slow the other down.

NBC Sports Boston will be re-airing Game 2 of that Celtics-Bulls series on Sunday night at 7 p.m. Tune in to watch Jordan drop an NBA playoff-record 63 points while the C's rode a balanced effort to an overtime victory.