"I've heard if you win a championship here they're gonna love you forever, so he's earned that and he's one of the best guards to ever play".
The Cavs play the Raptors on Wednesday, and the Celtics play the Bucks. LeBron is reportedly resting again for the season finale, and the Bucks reportedly plan to rest many of their players.
"It's a real positive". You look at us on paper, you wouldn't think that this team would be where we're at in the standings and accomplish all the things that we've accomplished, the things that we did this regular season. We've got to be ready. While the Celtics didn't prove themselves to be able to easily dispatch Chicago in the regular season, I would argue that those games aren't indicative of what to expect from this series. When you're a 53-win team and the top seed, you're no longer a fun little story. "I've never been a number one seed", said Thomas, who was picked last in the 2011 National Basketball Association entry draft but finished third in the National Basketball Association in scoring with 28.9 points per game behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
Knicks 114, 76ers 113: Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points after deciding to play in what could be his final game with the Knicks. And who could blame them?
Dwyane Wade hasn't dominated play like we've seen in past years, but Wade has consistently elevated his play in the postseason.
"Isaiah Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game this season, the second most by a Celtic all-time (Larry Bird - 29.9 in 1987-88) and the most by a player shorter than 6'0" all-time (Thomas is 5'9").
Outside of those two odd but very real challenges, I think the Celtics will advance as far as their bench will take them.
"They're the eighth seed, but they're better than what seed they are", Isaiah Thomas said Friday.
Chicago and Boston split their regular season series 2-2, and they're much more evenly-matched than the seeding may represent.
"It was hard hearing all the negative things about him", said Bradley.
The Celtics led 57-56 at halftime but couldn't stretch their lead beyond four in the third, taking an 80-78 advantage into the fourth. They will face Cleveland in the opening round.
He was held scoreless in the first 14 minutes of playing time Wednesday before exploding for 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half.
Milwaukee led by as many as 12 points and shot 60.9 percent in the period. "I know, whether he tries it or not, those big games he's always gonna be ready for them", Thomas said Friday after the Celtics went through their first workout of the postseason. Quinn Cook made a pair of free throws for New Orleans before Tim Quarterman missed a pair for Portland on the other end to end it.
The Bucks were already locked into the sixth seed and a first-round matchup with Toronto, allowing them to rest Antetokounmpo, Tony Snell and Matthew Dellavedova. "An opportunity presented itself to give those guys some rest", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. The MVP contender became the first player in National Basketball Association history to finish the regular season with at least 2,000 points (2,356), 900 assists (907) and 600 rebounds (659). While NBA analysts and fans across the nation are going praises to Russell Westbrook and James Harden, they are missing out on Isaiah Thomas. "We want to thank you guys for the fantastic support you've given us this season", Thomas said. But when you get into the playoffs, anything can happen. Thomas later extended his club record by making a 3-pointer in his 57th consecutive game.