It may be a coincidence that that little guy wearing number 4 has proved himself to be the king of quarter number 4, but either way it is happening. Isaiah Thomas is the leading 4th quarter scorer in the NBA.
Thomas is now averaging over 10 points per game in the 4th quarter. This marks him as the sole player in the league to do so. No one else is in double-digits and the little guy does it night in and night out.
The statistic I love is his home 4th quarter scoring average. Isaiah is averaging 11.5 points per game in the 4th quarter when playing at home. Now, I don’t want to hear anyone saying “Well that means he is not as good on the road as he is at home.” No… it simply means that Isaiah Thomas puts on for his city. If you still think he may not be able to do it on the road, go check the stats. He still leads 4th quarter scoring on the road as well.
Like I mentioned, this guy puts on for his city. When he is playing in the TD Garden, there is no stopping Isaiah. He has become the true Celtic that most Celtics fans know how to feel out. The most recent true Celtic club included Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Now we see the (listed at) 5’9” heart and soul of the team joining the ranks.
Thomas is a closer. That is the simple way of putting it. However, there is far more that goes into it. His dedication to improvement is what truly sets him apart. How many guys do we see make the season-to-season size jumps that Thomas has taken? The answer is not too many.
Then you have to consider his mental strength and toughness. Plenty of players can get to being elite, but how many of them can do it a millions times better in the crunch time? The answer is not too many.
The 4th quarter is now known as “Isaiah Time.” When the clock strikes 12:00 left to go in the final period of the game, you know Isaiah Thomas will be looking down at his wrist and asking himself, “What time is it?”
It is not luck. It just isn’t. This is not a fluke season. Thomas was near the top of the list for both of the past two seasons (2014-15 season and 2015-16 season) when it comes to 4th quarter scoring. Before that, he was still in the top 15 in the league.
He has it in his blood. That is not something you learn. If you have the clutch gene, then it is up to you to polish your skills to be able to align with your clutch ability. Needless to say, Isaiah Thomas has proved he has done just that. The 4th quarter is now known as “Isaiah Time.” Put it in the books.