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Isaiah Thomas gives Carsen Edwards a glowing endorsement on Twitter

Isaiah Thomas gives Carsen Edwards a glowing endorsement on Twitter

Boston Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards makes a big first impression for someone of his stature.

Isaiah Thomas can relate.

Edwards scored a career-high 18 points off the bench Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards while rocking No. 4, the same number Thomas wore during his successful tenure in Boston.

The 5-foot-11 Edwards then admitted he views the 5-foot-9 Thomas as an inspiration for shorter players like himself. On Thursday, Thomas reciprocated Edwards' respect.

Edwards already is turning heads early in his NBA career: His preseason 3-point barrage against the Cleveland Cavaliers drew the eye of ex-superstar Dwyane Wade, while others have labeled the 33rd overall pick a steal in the 2019 NBA Draft.

But Thomas' endorsement has to be extra special for Edwards considering he faced even more adversity than the Purdue product. Thomas was picked dead last in the 2011 NBA Draft and heard constant concerns about his height before becoming an All-Star in Boston.

Edwards has a much smaller role on Boston's talented roster than Thomas did as a rookie in Sacramento. But here's a stat to consider: Edwards is averaging 16.8 points per 36 minutes, while Thomas averaged 16.3 points per 36 minutes during his rookie season.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Warriors, which tips off Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Putting Celtics' 140-point outburst vs. Wizards into nostalgic perspective

Putting Celtics' 140-point outburst vs. Wizards into nostalgic perspective

Fair warning: If you were alive 27 years ago, you're about to feel very old.

The Boston Celtics dropped 140 points on the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on Wednesday night en route to their ninth consecutive win.

That's a lot of points. In fact, that's the most points the Celtics have scored in any game since ... 1992.

The date was Nov. 25, 1992, to be exact, as the C's rolled to a 150-112 win over this same Washington franchise — then known as the Bullets — at the old Boston Garden.

Now, time to feel old. Here's the full list of current Celtics players who were alive when that game went down:

- Brad Wanamaker (3 years old)
- Gordon Hayward (2 years old)
- Kemba Walker (2 years old)
- Daniel Theis (7 months old)
- Enes Kanter (6 months old)

That's it. The other 12 members of the Celtics didn't exist in 1992, including rookie Romeo Langford, who wouldn't be born for another seven years.

Few other NBA teams can say the same, as the C's boast one of the youngest rosters in the league with an average age of 25.1. But those who were around in 1992 — or simply appreciate history — may get a kick out of the Celtics' box score, courtesy of Basketball Reference:

The 1992-93 season was the Celtics' first without Larry Bird since 1979 and represented a "changing of the guard:" Robert Parish still started but an aging Kevin McHale came off the bench, as newcomers like Reggie Lewis, Dee Brown and Xavier McDaniel took the torch from Boston's 1980s dynasty.

This win actually was one of the Celtics' high points of the season. The C's finished as the Eastern Conference's No. 4 seed and lost the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the playoffs.

The 2019-20 Celtics seem destined for a different fate after beginning the season 9-1, their best start since their 2007-08 championship campaign. But they might want to shore up that defense.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Warriors, which tips off Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Bradley Beal's historic game vs. Celtics didn't stop Jayson Tatum's trash talk

Bradley Beal's historic game vs. Celtics didn't stop Jayson Tatum's trash talk

BOSTON -- Jayson Tatum has been battling Bradley Beal since high school, so he knows all of the St. Louis native's tricks.

Beal used all of them Wednesday night.

The Wizards guard exploded for 44 points on 17-of-27 shooting in Washington's 140-133 loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. For context, Beal is just the sixth NBA player to score 44 points or more at the new Garden since it opened in 1995.

A few of Beal's buckets came against Tatum, a fellow St. Louis native who looked to Beal as a "big brother" growing up and now works out with the All-Star guard every summer.

But even as Beal lit up the Celtics, Tatum found a way to trash-talk his close friend and mentor by fixating on one of Beal's rare misses with Tatum guarding him in isolation.

"(He did a) between the legs, between the legs into a stepback -- I knew that s--- was coming -- and he missed it," Tatum recalled after the game. "So I told him, 'He don't really score on me 1-on-1. He's gotta use a screen.' "

Take your victories where you can get them, right?

Tatum isn't naive, though. When asked if his familiarity with Beal's game makes it easier to guard the two-time All-Star, Tatum responded:

"I mean, he still had 44. St. Louis guys can hoop. That's what it is."

Tatum didn't elevate to Beal's level Wednesday night but still did plenty of hooping, dropping 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting to put Monday's 1-for-18 performance in his rearview mirror.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Warriors, which tips off Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.