Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas tweets he's looking for 'same opportunity' he had with C's in 2017 playoffs

Isaiah Thomas tweets he's looking for 'same opportunity' he had with C's in 2017 playoffs

Isaiah Thomas' stint with the Boston Celtics may have only lasted two and a half seasons, but in that time he made a massive impact on the Celtics and their fan-base.

The 5-foot-9 underdog averaged a whopping 28.9 points per game in final season in Boston and helped carry a rebuilding Celtics squad to the Eastern Conference Finals, in 2017. Though the Celtics couldn't beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was still a legendary playoff run for Thomas' Celtics.

One of Thomas' most notable games came when he dropped 53 points against the Washington Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. After being reminded of that outing, Thomas unleashed an inspiring (albeit profane) response to that contest.

It's unclear if the "same opportunity" is referencing being a starter or returning to Boston, but either way, this will excite Celtics fans who want to bring the man Tommy Heinsohn affectionately called "the little guy" back to Boston.

Thomas' confidence has never waned despite the fact that he has played for three different teams since being traded by the Celtics, and he failed to log much action for the Denver Nuggets late in the year after falling out of the rotation. In the right situation, he could become an effective scorer and playmaker again, especially as he gets further removed from a hip injury that derailed his career.

Could Thomas return to the Celtics? It certainly is possible, especially with the unsettled situation the team currently has at point guard. If Kyrie Irving and/or Terry Rozier leave in free agency, the team will need to add a veteran. Thomas' experience, scoring ability, and relationship with the city of Boston could make him a natural target for Danny Ainge and the Celtics.

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T.J. McConnell recalls how Brad Stevens, Celtics embarrassed him in NBA debut

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T.J. McConnell recalls how Brad Stevens, Celtics embarrassed him in NBA debut

Life as a rookie in any professional sports league is going to come with its bumps along the way. Opposing players and coaches can sense blood in the water, and they'll go after the inexperienced player until they prove they can handle it.

That's exactly what happened to 76ers guard T.J. McConnell, who made his debut against the Celtics in October 2015. McConnell relayed how Brad Stevens and the Celtics attacked him right from the get-go in an appearance on the "Woj Pod" with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"It was one of the most embarassing moments of my life, and one of those gut-check moments where Isaiah Thomas, in my opinion one of the most unguardable guys that I've played against, and you got a coach like Brad Stevens — they called a play as soon as I checked in and Isaiah came off, scored. I come back down, Boston brings the ball back down, I look over at Brad [Stevens] and he goes ‘Again.’

"And Isaiah gets someone a lob. We go back down, don’t score and I look over at Brad and he goes ‘Again.’ I'm like 'Oh, my goodness gracious.' And Isaiah scores again.

"I think I got subbed out after that and I was like ‘Welcome to the NBA.’"

Thomas saw Woj's tweet about McConnell's story and had some kind words for the Sixers guard, treating him way better on Twitter than he did on the court that night at the TD Garden.

McConnell scored just four points in that debut game, a 112-95 Celtics victory, and it kicked off a pretty brutal stretch to kick off his NBA career. Philadelphia started that 2015-16 season with 18 straight losses, and hit Christmas with a ludicrous 1-30 record.

Now McConnell is the last remaining member of that squad, which ended the season with a 10-72 mark, and he's enjoying playing for one of the top teams in the East. But he won't forget that debut appearance when Stevens and Thomas left a lasting memory by torching the rook.

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Two-year anniversary of Isaiah Thomas' 53-point game on sister's birthday

Two-year anniversary of Isaiah Thomas' 53-point game on sister's birthday

It feels longer than two years doesn't it? 

Two years ago today, Isaiah Thomas delivered one of the best playoff performances in Celtics history under excruciating personal circumstances.

In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal between the Celtics and Wizards in 2017, Thomas scored 53 points, 29 of which coming in the fourth quarter and overtime in a thrilling win to put the Celtics up 2-0 in the series. 

At the time, Thomas was dealing with the grief from his younger sister Chyna's tragic and unexpected death right before the 2017 playoffs began, and this game fell on her birthday. 

He had also undergone multiple hours of surgery to repair three broken teeth he sustained in Game 1 of the Wizards series, making his status for Game 2 uncertain. Thomas ultimately decided to play, and the rest is history. 

It was a night few Celtics fans will forget, filled with clutch shots, impossible angles and a little trash talk too. 

Thomas was the talk of the league after his performance in Game 2. Celtics teammate Avery Bradley spoke highly of him after the game, while  LeBron James called Thomas a, "Special guy and a special talent."

The Celtics defeated the Wizards in seven games, but fell to LeBron and Kyrie Irving in the Eastern Conference Finals in five games. Thomas missed most of the series with a hip injury that would cost him significant time over the next two season. 

Boston went on to trade Thomas that summer in a package for Irving, and now have four players left from that 2017 team in Al Horford, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. 

As these Celtics fight through this year's postseason and hope to create their own set of signature moments, they'll be hard-pressed to top this game from Thomas. He wasn't here for long, but Isaiah certainly made his mark on the Celtics and their fans, which was clear during his tribute earlier this season. 

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