With the Cavaliers’ commitment to make Thomas a non-factor in the Eastern Conference finals, a handful of Celtics role players ignited a second-half run Wednesday in Game 1 that closed the gap.
Boston has until June 22nd to decide what they want to do with #1, but for now they have their hands full with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavailers. We’re not scared of Cleveland.
“He’s excited”, Thomas said, then appeared to catch himself. Like, they lace up their shoes just like us.
“We’ve just got to be more in tune as a group”, Thomas said of the defensive adjustments necessary for Game 2. “We just gotta protect [our] home court in Game 2 and get the win”. “Like we can’t leave anybody on islands”. We’ve got to let those guys see five guys in help position. “If not, we’ll go from there”.
On the veteran front, The Vertical reported the Celtics are focused on signing free-agent swingman Gordon Hayward, rather than pursuing a trade for the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler (or the Pacers’ Paul George, everyone’s presumed soon-to-be-Laker) that would cost a small fortune in draft picks and assets.
Thomas said that he’s fine if the rest of the world wants to write off the Celtics, but he believes in his teammates.
Deciding to roll over in the face of superiority goes against everything we hold dear, all while wasting Thomas’ prime for a theoretical shot at a championship down the line. “We want to win this series”. We want to let everybody in this world know that we’re for real, and we’re one of the top teams in the National Basketball Association, and with this series we’ve got to go out and show the world because like everybody knows, everybody is counting us out.