With two games in the conference semifinals down, the Celtics are looking up. In game one of the series against the Washington Wizards, the C’s absolutely lit it up from downtown, making nineteen three pointers, yes, NINETEEN. IT4 led the way with 33 points, but he was not the only contributor. Al Horford posted a near triple-double… at the center position, and Jae Crowder was on fire scoring 24 points. The Wizards got out to an early lead, but that did not last long. The Celtics outscored the Wizards by 20 points in the third quarter. Game one was a great team win and gave the C’s great momentum heading into game two.
Game two was a different story. I told my father while we were watching this closely contested game, “This is how playoff basketball should be.” The Wizards got out to an early lead in the first quarter, but the Celtics climbed back to bring it within three before the half. The third quarter was intense, but Mr. Fourth Quarter was just getting warmed up. Isaiah Thomas scored 15 points from the field in the fourth, not including free throws. He was making almost every shot he took. He scored 53 points total… I have never seen a fourth quarter and overtime like what IT4 did last night. It reminded me of the fourth quarter and overtime Tom Brady had in Super Bowl 51! (different sport, same ending) For a guy his size, and all the tragedy he has gone through these past weeks, it is amazing he is able to do what he’s doing. Isaiah is the heart and soul of this Celtics team and will lead them past the Wizards and into the Conference Finals to face (more than likely) Lebron and company.
So as the Celtics head to Washington, I predict they will win a tough and physical game three. I do not think the Celtics will sweep the Wizards though. I predict the Wizards will win game four in Washington, but I think the C’s will win the series when they return to Boston for game five. Isaiah Thomas is taking his pain and frustration from life, and making teams sorry they have to play against him. My condolences to IT4 and his family after the loss of his sister, but I love the way he is playing. This is what Celtics basketball is all about.