Isaiah Thomas isn’t just good, he’s unbelievable. Isaiah Thomas’ 53 points Tuesday night were more than Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, Bob Cousy, Kevin McHale, or any other former Celtics not named John Havlicek have ever scored in a playoff game. Take that for data. Thomas joined an elite list of only 22 to score 50 or more in a playoff game. The last player to score 53 or more? None other than Isaiah Thomas idol, Allen Iverson.
Iverson and Isaiah have drawn the half-hearted comparison here and there throughout the season, but after what Isaiah did against John Wall last night, there’s no room for debate anymore. Isaiah is the new Allen Iverson. The only difference is a poetic one. Iverson was the first pick in his draft, and Isaiah was the last in his.
Iverson and Isaiah are able to dominate the game under the him despite their lackluster stature at a degree that befuddles even the best NBA minds. Considering their height limitations, it’s an easy comparison to make, but it’s not taken seriously enough. Hear it loud and hear it clear: IT is the new AI, but it’s not by accident.
Look at these two videos. Don’t pay attention to who the defender is (I’m not comparing Markieff Morris to Michael Jordan), but just watch the move. They’re identical:
I’ve witnessed both of Isaiah’s 50 point games live and it is a marvel to see the little giant dominate the towers and trees in the paint. You can’t doubt him anymore after John Wall put up 40 and 13 and Isaiah came out ahead of the former #1 pick. Isaiah is as prepared as anyone to fight for what he wants. He’s been doing it his whole life.