Isaiah Thomas has been phenomenal all season, finishing third in scoring with a career-high 28.9 points per game. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 102.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting.
Rockets 123, Timberwolves 118: James Harden had his 22nd triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to help Houston wrap up the regular season with a victory over Minnesota. The Heat lost to Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinals, then the three-time champion signed with Chicago.
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.
Owning a sub.500 record at 40-42, the Celtics trotted out a starting lineup of Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Marcus Smart, Evan Turner and Avery Bradley against the Cavaliers in Game 1 of their first round series. The question is: Will he be able to continue this in the playoffs?
Of course, the Bulls defeated Cleveland in their last two regular-season meetings, February 25 in Cleveland and March 30 in Chicago. "I think I'll be all right".
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The Celtics are a game clear atop the east with one to play after a 114-105 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday. Two years ago, the Celtics were swept by the Cavaliers in the opening round. Though injuries limited their development together on the court at times, having Horford in the middle has clearly elevated Thomas' game this season. I know it's going to come at some point and time. Game 1, on the road at that, but I think we're capable of it. ... They did that, and they will play the one seed in a best of seven series. We expect that. We're not really anxious about it. But I don't know that he changed it, per se. "I feel like we've been a consistent group for most of the year". He's been a huge part of it, don't get me wrong. If none of them do, I was just kidding. "All of our guys have that mindset". Never mind that they're playing the conference's eighth-seeded team now. It will be interesting to see Butler match up with Thomas and see what kind of combinations Stevens throws towards Butler to defend him as it will take more than one player and more than one approach. "Isaiah is on 75 games". They were still down only 111-104 after Alex Poythress nailed 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, the second with 3:36 left in the game. We've had a good number of games missed due to that.
While most one-versus-eight matchups are a bit of an afterthought when thinking about the most intriguing postseason pairings, the upcoming series should be filled with plenty of drama.
Chris Paul scored 19 points and registered nine assists, and Blake Griffin added 18 points as Los Angeles won its sixth game in a row. There may be a case or two where they got into the low-40s. If it didn't happen in 2008, it most likely won't happen this year. "I trust everybody that's available".
The team giving them a run for their money are led by someone who was drafted dead last in the 2011 NBA Draft.