Isaiah Thomas scored 38 points on 24 FGA as the Celtics completed a sweep of their home-stand defeating the Pelicans 115-108. Marcus Smart also had a great game offensively. The Celtics didn’t look great in the first quarter, but dominated the second and third quarters on a snowy night in Boston. The Celtics have now won 10 of their last 12, and they will play Toronto on Tuesday. Toronto is one spot ahead of Boston in the Eastern Conference standings.
Isaiah Thomas Is HOT
Isaiah Thomas in two games without Avery Bradley this season: 90 points, 0 assists.
– Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) January 8, 2017
Isaiah Thomas shot 13 for 24 from the field, as well as 6 of 11 from deep tonight. Thomas has been scorching hot of late. Over his last 5 games he’s averaging roughly 35 points per game, in 36 minutes per game, hitting 58% of his three-point attempts and 55% of his field-goal attempts overall. Absolutely incredible stretch from Isaiah Thomas.
A mark of how dominant Isaiah’s offensive season has been: He scored 38 points and it doesn’t feel like a big deal.
– Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) January 8, 2017
Marcus Smart is On-Point
When Marcus Smart is running the point good things seem to happen for the celtics.Smart scored 22 points tonight and also recorded 5 rebounds and 6 assists. He was also quite a pest defensively. In the 2 games where Smart has started at the point while Bradley has been hurt this season, Isaiah Thomas has 90 points and 0 assists. The team seems to play well when Marcus is on the ball. Marcus is growing as a distributor, and Thomas is freed up to attack off a live dribble and do what he does best: score.
Raptors Game Next Up
The coming Raptors game is going to be very compelling television. The Celtics didn’t play well in their last game against Toronto. However, this time around they are riding a crazy hot streak. The Celtics will enter the game down 1 and a half games in the standings. The Celtics play the Raptors Tuesday night at 7:30 PM.