Isaiah Thomas put the team on his back. The 5'9" 180-pound point guard turned it on and lead the Celtics in a series-evening win v.s. the Chicago Bulls. If you thought Isaiah Thomas was uncoverable before, well I am happy say that your thought is completely solidified now. He torched, and I mean torched, the Bulls defense in game four of this NBA Playoffs series.
Thomas finished the game with 33 points, 7 assists, and even 4 rebounds (pretty impressive from the Little Guy). He was the spark they needed anytime the game started to shift towards the Bulls. This was the game we, as Celtics fans, have all been waiting for. The game that Isaiah "goes off" in.
He was utterly unstoppable. Sure he had a few dry spells, but that is to be expected from anyone. The most important thing is that a team's leader can step up when it truly counts. Whenever a basket needed to be scored, the green went to Thomas. And more often than not, said basket was scored. Thomas stepped up. Big time.
So, what did this game tell us? Well, like I had posted in my last article, game three was going to be a statement game. It went almost exactly like I had predicted. In fact, I believe I was only a single point off when predicting the margin of victory. That game was indeed a statement game. It paved the path to this game. It paved the path for the series. So this win doesn't necessarily say as much as the last win. However, this game displayed a game-rescuing performance from Isaiah. That, right there, is the big takeaway from this game.
Isaiah has now punched the Bulls in the mouth. That is what the Celtics needed. First, a statement game. Second, their superstar showing that there is no one in the league that can cover him, never mind anyone on your roster. The Bulls had defensive stud Jimmy Butler on Isaiah plenty, not even that was enough.
Not only did Thomas show he is able to go and score whenever he wanted to, he portrayed his incredibly improved playmaking ability. To all of those "Isaiah can't pass" people...go back and watch these past two games...
So where do the Celtics stand in the series now? They own it. They control it. It is their series. It is Isaiah Thomas' series. And he is not going to let it go. The Little Guy is here to stay.
Not to overlook his sister's passing, but it seems as if Isaiah has been able to focus on the series and gain the clarity he deserved. Being able to head home and get the closure he needed has helped his focus and his play tremendously. His performance in the past two games has made that apparent.
So, the C's went down 2-0 in the series, tied it up 2-2, and now look to put the petal to the metal in games five and six. This series is in the hands of the smallest guy on the court.