Isaiah Thomas: NBA All-Star Game could be saved by LeBron's effort

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Isaiah Thomas remarkable 29.5 points per game averages trails only Russell Westbrook

With Cleveland giving them all they can handle, the Celtics proved that they could at least hang with the champs in a potential seven game series. Besides that impressive win nearly a week ago, the Celtics have clearly been struggling.

"Everything", he said. "We should have won this game". Also, this will be the Warriors first home game without Durant, so shots will start to fall at a higher clip as they always do at home. The most frustrating part of that loss was that the Celtics blew a 17 point lead, not what you want when you are facing a team chasing you in the standings.

They overcame second-half deficits to win in Chicago and dispatch Boston, relying on defense that improved as each game wore on and the score-in-bunches heroics of sixth man Jamal Crawford. The Celtics gave this game away.

Isaiah Thomas was 10-of-19 in shooting on his way to scoring 32 points with five assists and three steals to lead Celtics, who struggled from 3-pointers after going just 10-for-35 from long-range and had one of their worst shooting performances of the season. This current road trip has been a confidence killer for fans. Golden State ended a two-game SU swoon with a 112-105 victory over the New York Knicks as 10 1/2-point road chalk Sunday, and followed up Monday with a 119-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks as six-point chalk to halt a six-game ATS losing streak. Boston is also tied with the Warriors for the third-most made 3-pointers per game at 12.1. Then disaster struck, as Isaiah Thomas turned over the inbound pass. There was a chance to pull within two games on Sunday before a stomach-turning finish allowed the Suns to emerge on an improbable Tyler Ulis buzzer-beater.

Added Thomas: "It's just the way we lost tonight was unacceptable".

The Clippers had lost four-of-five with their only winning coming in overtime against the Hornets, but after back-to-back blowouts to the Rockets and Bucks, L.A. has defeated two Eastern Conference playoff teams by double-digits in their last two games. We played a really good game up until the last 15 minutes, and that's the players' fault, the coaches' fault. The last thing this team needs is a spat between their star player and their young head coach.

"It's a lot better", Horford said of his shooting elbow.

Chris Paul scored 23 points as Los Angeles won their second straight game, 116-102, over the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on Monday night.

So whats wrong with this team?

In the land of the Clippers, there are no restrictions on Jamal Crawford's shot selection. CSNNE's Tom Giles tweeted an interesting point about last nights game. Does that not say it all?

Celtics coach Brad Stevens has successfully made the jump from the college ranks to the National Basketball Association, something that rarely happens.

When Crawford gets hot, Blake Griffin said "you just kind of get out of the way and let him do his thing". Washington is only a game and a half in back of Boston for the second seed in the East.

With the Boston Celtics in town this week, Doc Rivers had the opportunity to reflect on his tenure with the team he guided to a pair of NBA Finals. But that second unit was great, and we stuck with them a long time.

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