It was his time to shine.
Down 88-84 entering the fourth quarter, it was the prime moment for Isaiah Thomas to again take control and carry the Celtics to a victory over the lowly Knicks.
The problem was, he didn’t. It’s not his fault, it was simply human nature, he couldn’t save the Celtics seemingly every game. And while there was anxious anticipation that someone would step up and pick up the slack, no one did. Instead of taking control and ending the game with a bang, it ended quietly, with the Knicks running out the clock as players shook hands with time still remaining. The Celtics had dug themselves an an 11-point hole and never climbed out of it.
While not a great effort, the Celtics aren’t ready to believe it is because they rely purely on Thomas to take care of things late in the game.
“I don’t know, I didn’t get that impression necessarily,” said head coach Brad Stevens. “But I think that we didn’t play at a level of flying around that we need to for the first three or the fourth, maybe there was some of that. I don’t know.”
Thomas finished with eight points in the quarter, 39 on the night. A far cry from a poor performance by any measure.
From big man Al Horford’s perspective, there seemed to come a point where things ultimately became more chaotic than structured.
“I don’t know if [we were] necessarily discouraged, but towards the end, yeah. Like two or three minutes to go it was hard,” said Horford. “But I think that we, I guess we kind of steer away from our stuff and executing and we kind of start doing our own stuff a little bit. That’s a little normal sometimes, when adversity hits everybody wants to pick it up and do their part, and I think that could’ve been the case tonight.”
Thomas, not one to run from blame, acknowledged his shortcomings. After a mesmerizing first three periods in which he seemed to never be able to miss what looked like impossible layups, he eventually went quiet.
He went 2-for-9 in the fourth quarter, never finding the rhythm that led him to such success early on.
“It happens,” Thomas said. “I can’t make every shot, [but] I’m going to keep being aggressive, that’s what my team needs. I missed a few shots I usually make.”
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