Isaiah Thomas


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I definitely did my studying and I knew it was going to be a big-time game. I knew it wasn't going to be easy at all. We came out on
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May 20 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Isaiah Thomas is associated, including Beyonce, responsibility, and ticket. Most recently, Isaiah Thomas has been quoted saying: “Basketball, when I'm on the court, it just keeps me going.” in the article Isaiah Thomas and a 'legendary' 2016-17 season.
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There's nothing to figure out. They play their traditional way. I mean, they definitely showed a few bodies that was aggressive on me, but that's nothing I haven't seen this whole year. I mean, I've seen it all...I've just got to be more aggressive, make plays, make shots, and go from

They were the better team tonight. The hit us first. They were more physical. We can't let that happen

They didn't give us a chance [against the Wizards]. They didn't give us a chance when we were down 2-0 to Chicago. ... They don't ever give us a chance, and we just keep going; we don't care about what others

I knew it would be a big time game tonight. I knew it wouldn't be easy at all. And we came out on

We know it's going to be tough, but at this point, anything can happen, and we really believe it. They didn't give us a chance in this series. They didn't give us a chance when we were down 0-2 in Chicago. We got the No. 1 seed, and they didn't give us a chance. They don't ever give us a chance, and we just keep going. We don't care about what others

They didn't give us a chance [against the Wizards]. They didn't give us a chance when we were down 2-0 to Chicago. We got the No. 1 seed, they didn't give us a chance. They don't ever give us a chance, and we just keep going; we don't care about what others

I've never been to the Eastern Conference finals so this is something off my bucket list. We gotta get ready for the defending champs, we know that. The good thing about it is we've got home-court advantage, so we're going to be ready on Wednesday to try to take care of home court. We know it's going to be tough but, at this point, anything can happen, we really believe that. I'm hurting but it's the playoffs. There are no excuses. I get my treatment every day and I'm ready to

I could take another dribble. I could have got past [Markieff] Morris, probably. A little bit, got a little bit more separation. It is what it is. We can't worry about that. It just sucks that they came out with it and said we should have had another

Their season was on the line. They should have been motivated by everything

I thought it was going in. Honestly I

We definitely want to finish it tonight. We want to play really good and control what we can control. And that's going out there and playing Celtics basketball. I think if we do that, that puts us in good position to win

The last two games [in Washington] it's been 26-0 run and a 22-0 run that killed us. I think we eliminate those runs and cut down on our turnovers, that puts us in a better position to win those games. And we gotta start off well. If we start off well tonight and we hit first, we'll be all

I think that's just me growing as a player. I gotta trust my guys, I need my guys in order for me to be successful. I think they know that as well. I believe in those guys. Everybody that's on this team, I believe in. I see the work they put in each and every day and they believe in me as well. I just gotta keep trusting them, keep trusting the process, and hopefully we can end it

If [winning] was easy, it would be for everybody and it's not. You just gotta keep

Paul Pierce reached out to me the other day and he told me that winning is hard. You gotta take your bumps and bruises as they go. But if winning wasn't hard it would be everybody. I took that to heart. I feel like that's so

Avery's the best on-the-ball defender in the NBA – hands down. A guy like John Wall you're not gonna stop.He does a hell of a job on him. He makes it tough. Nothing's easy. And that's what Avery Bradley does, each and every

He made me figure out a lot of things. He's just been a very helping hand when it comes to the film and figuring out what to do the next

I'm treating it as a must-win. I'm treating it as the biggest game that I've ever played. Hopefully, everybody else is treating it like

I know I gotta play with my foot on the gas. I can't take it off. I gotta keep going, and I know if I do that, my teammates will follow. I'll be ready for [Game 5].feedback

We just gotta focus in, we gotta lock in. We gotta remain confident in ourselves and know what we did to get us to this point. Everybody has to continue to remain

It's going to be a big game. We're ready for it, though. I'm ready as can

He was the key to this game. On both ends of the floor, offensively and defensively, he did it all and we need that from him, especially in Game 6 we're gonna need that from him. I'm proud of him. I told him before the game that I believe in him and he's gonna have a big game, and he

We did a hell of a job tonight from the first guy to the last guy. Coach made great adjustments, and we took what was off the white board and put it on the court and we've just got to do that on

He played like he's supposed to. He played through [his injuries]. It's the playoffs and we need him to play that way. He put his injuries aside and laced his shoes up and played. We know what's at stake. We know it's going to be a hostile environment. We know it's going to be tough to get a win out there. But if we lock in like we did tonight, limit our turnovers, limit their transition, that gives us the best chance to win the

As a basketball player, you've got to read what the defense is giving you and they're really having two or three guys on me at all times. So what I'm trying to do is give other guys space, create space for others and also be a good

I don't know how he can call anybody dirty. It is what it is. Everybody's got a comment or something to say. That's all it

No, he's nowhere near dirty. A couple of occasions, wrong time, wrong place. Things happen in basketball, especially physical playoff basketball. He's definitely not

It's a joke that [Green] said that. The playoffs, everything somebody says is blown out of proportion. Everything somebody does is blown out of proportion as well. We can't worry about what others are saying or

They were very physical. The refs were allowing them to hold and grab and do all those things. It's got to be called differently. ... I can't be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen and I don't even shoot one free throw. I play the same way each and every night. That has to

I'm just going to keep fighting. If they're going to allow them to be aggressive on me and physical on me, they should allow me to do the same thing back and I felt like (Sunday) I wanted to be physical on the defensive end and I was called for some cheap ones. But there's no excuse. Just got to figure it

Kelly's not trying to make anybody mad. Not to put anything on Kelly, but he's just not like that. I guess you can pick and choose who you want to do that to. Like I said, they know who to target. They know who to go at. The whole NBA knows certain players they can target and certain players they can'

[The Wizards] were very physical. The refs were allowing them to hold and grab and do all those things. I think, especially in that third quarter, I might have hit the ground five or six straight times and I'm not the one that likes hitting the ground. So I think it got to be called

But I have to put it on the refs to call it. So I'm going to keep attacking and keep being myself no matter if they're calling it or not. But it does get a little frustrating when you continue to play the same way and there's nothing being

I'm not saying that's the reason we lost. They went on a 26-0 run and we can't have that on the road. But I can't be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen. And I don't shoot one free throw. I play the same way each and every night. So I think that has to

No matter what I've gotta play the same way. So whether I'm getting the calls or not I've gotta be in attack mode, I've gotta be aggressive to get in the paint, to make things happen, not just for myself but for my

I'll make the adjustments. It's fine. They were very aggressive on pick-and-rolls and me coming down on screens and things like that, and we didn't adjust in the game. I don't think we did a good job of screening and getting not just myself open but anybody else open on our team on the offensive end, so we have to do a way better job on

I guess that's playoff basketball. We don't like them and they don't like

They had three guys on me, so I couldn't really do anything. I'll make the adjustments. It's

They're temporary, so if they get hit, they might crack, they might come out. I can't get any permanent teeth in until the season is over. It is what it

[My teeth] came out. I had to get them back in. I'm staying out of the dentist. You might see me with no

I don't know what [Oubre] was doing. The screens we've been setting, especially in the backcourt, for the most part I feel like they've been legal. It's just those guys fall, and the refs call an offensive foul. I don't know why he reacted like that. Especially with [Olynyk]. Kelly's not trying to make anybody mad. Not to put anything on Kelly, but he's just not like that. I guess you can pick and choose who you want to do that

Whatever bad blood we've had in the season, it's carried over to the playoffs. We're just competing and trying to win, and they did that today. We took care of business at home, now we just gotta try to get Game

It's my sister, it's her birthday today - happy birthday - she would have been 23 today. Everything I do is for her and she is watching over me, so that's all her. The only thing about it is that when I leave this gym, I hit reality and she's not here. So that's the tough part. But when I'm in this arena, I can lock in and I know everything I do is for

I was at home in Washington, I was on the phone and my mom kept saying, Who are you talking to? I had to put it on mute and tell her it was

Mentally, he's just on a different level than anybody I've ever met. It doesn't seem real. When I get done with games and I see text messages from Kobe, Tom Brady and Floyd, all those types of guys that I'm trying to follow in their footsteps, it says a lot. I'm just trying to continue to keep going as a basketball player and as a

It's nice to be in Celtics history with all the great players. But until you win a championship, you can't consider yourself a great player. That's what it's all

The least I can do is go out there and play for her. I knew once game-time came, my guys would get me going, get me the energy to go out and win a game. There was no way I was sitting

That's a wrap for these (expletives)!feedback

That's what we need him to do. He's a hell of a player. Even the stat sheet doesn't explain how good of a player he is sometimes -- when he's not scoring or rebounding, he's doing a lot of things to help out everybody else on this team, whether that be help-side defense, whether that be making the right play on offense, he's a complete basketball player. And when he plays like he did tonight, especially in the second half, nine times out of 10 we usually win those

One thing about playoff basketball, when [your] shot's not falling, you gotta figure out a way to win. Tonight we did

Them other shoes didn't have any buckets in

It's going to be emotional but we just gotta worry about what we're doing on the court. Worry about everybody in this locker room. We don't worry about what they're doing, we don't worry about what they're

I don't know what he was trying to do there. I know I don't carry the ball. And, if I do, every other point guard and every other guard that dribbles the ball in this league carries as

Man, I'm just taking it day by day. Some days are better than others. I'm not here, man. It's never going to be the

I only know one way to dribble. I've been dribbling the same way my whole life. Maybe it was strategic or something. ... I was very surprised. Out of everything else that I do on the court, you wanna bring that up? It is what it is. I'm going to continue to dribble the ball the way I know

That's not the reason why I'm an impossible cover. I don't know. I guess he's gonna just keep saying

Not one man can guard me. And that's just the confidence I have, but also my coaching staff and my teammates put me in position to be successful. No matter what other teams are doing, [Coach] Brad [Stevens] figures it out and puts me in the position to be the best player I can be and my teammates allow me to do that as

[The Celtics have] been really important. I mean, they've been everything. This organization is the best organization there is, from the people who work in the Garden to the players, the coaches, everybody who's a part of the Celtics. They've been supportive. The whole world has, really, so I can't say enough about

Mentally and emotionally, I'm not here so I just feed off what the guys give

I don't know what they're doing, but I trust them. I thought we would make a move [at the deadline], be it a big one or a small one. But when we didn't I wasn't upset. I wasn't upset at all. I know what's at stake, I know we have a lot of things we can move around and things like that, but I wasn't really paying too much attention to it. That's their job, and I know they're really good at

It's very special. For me it is. I've never been a No. 1 seed. I'm excited now. But once you get the playoffs, the seedings go out the

They definitely weren't thinking No. 1 seed when I got here. I know that for a fact. They were barely thinking playoffs. How fast it's come, it's good. It says a lot abut the direction this organization is going in and the work we put in as players and

We just want to, I guess, just control what we can control, really. At the end of the day, that's all we can worry about. We can't worry about anything else so we gotta be locked in. Especially for the last game, continue to play the right way, get some more momentum going into the

It says a lot about this team. We've been through ups and downs; been through a lot of injuries this year, haven't been that healthy for the most part. But we just kept going, its says a lot about who we are. No matter what the situation was, we just kept going, and tried to continue to get better each and every game. That's what we did and we put ourselves in a good position at the end of the season. I've never won [a division title], so yeah [it means something]. All these things that we're doing this year, it means a lot to

We laid an egg tonight. There's no way around that. We didn't take advantage of the opportunity that we had

It's just another game. I think we've got to treat it like that. I mean being No. 1 in the standings, you don't feel different. I don't at least. I'm treating it like another

I mean, at this point, I don't care who plays. If they don't play, that'll be good. If they do, we'll be there at 8 o'clock to play them. I'm fine with either way they go. You can't control that decision but, if they do play, it would definitely be a really good game and, if they don't, we've just got to figure out how to get a win

I don't know what they're doing, but I trust them. I thought we would make a move [at the deadline], be it a big one or a small one. But when we didn't, I wasn't upset. I wasn't upset at all. I know what's at stake, I know we have a lot of things we can move around and things like that, but I wasn't really paying too much attention to it. That's their job, and I know they're really good at

It was definitely an individual goal of mine coming into the season, to win 50 games. I'm just glad we got to that, but, like I keep saying, we still got a lot more work to

It's the next game, so it's definitely the most important one. We'll be

It's frustrating, but we've got to move onto the next one. We've got six or seven games left. We can't dwell on this loss. We have to figure out the things we didn't do well tonight and get better at

[Brogdon] made a few plays down the stretch that were big for them. That [last] shot, I don't even think he thought it was going in. We played pretty good defense and it was a shot he had to shoot, so you've got to give credit to him and the

It was weird what they were doing. I've never seen anything like that. It is what it is. ... But I mean it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him the most points possible. Hats off to him. He played a hell of a

I've never seen nothing like that, chasing those numbers, but it is what it

We're looking for bigger things than [clinching a playoff berth]. It feels good to clinch, especially 10 or 11 games before the season is over, but we got a bigger goal. We want to advance it in the playoffs. That's our goal for now and go from

S---, I want it as bad as you can get it. Hopefully, we just keep at least the second seed, but it would be nice to sneak in and get the first seed, as well. We just have to control our own destiny and control what we

If playing hard is dirty, then I guess we are a dirty

We just made it tough on them. Those are hell of a players over there -- Steph Curry, Klay Thompson -- we made it tough on them. I keep saying it but those three guys -- [Marcus] Smart, Avery and Jae Crowder -- they should be on one or two of those all-defensive teams because they make it tough on everybody each and every night. Kelly Olynyk played a hell of a game. Without him we probably wouldn't have won tonight. He gave us a boost off the

That's crazy. But, I mean, my teammates, my coaching staff put me in position to get those chants, so I'm just staying in the moment and I couldn't do it without those guys. It is crazy though. I don't want to miss free throws because they're saying

I thought Jae would get it off quicker than he would. I don't know if he was looking to see if we had a timeout or I don't what he was looking to do -- not saying it was his fault. But when I looked down, I thought he would get it out quicker so we could go and then I looked away, looked back and Marquese Chriss was right there, he got a hand on it. I couldn't get full control of

Be yourself. Being a little guy, they're not going to give you anything. Be yourself and be special. He's talented. He's a good basketball player, young basketball player. He'll have a long career in this

I've known what he can do. He's a really good defender and he runs the team. He did that in college. He didn't do nothing [Sunday] that he usually doesn'

We should have won. But they hit a crazy shot. We turned the ball over at the end and, if you turn the ball over on the road, things like that happen. We have to do a better job of finishing games and we didn't do that tonight. So that's why we

I was brainwashed into being a Lakers fan when I was younger. So I always wanted to be a Laker. But I love being a

Some superstar is going to come here. It's good. Magic Johnson is arguably the best Laker ever, so to have him the head of all that and making decisions, it's a step in the right direction. Everybody respects him. I mean, the Lakers are not going to be, I guess, what they are now forever. He'll bring some people here. [James will] be here tonight and he'll probably have a Lakers hat and a Celtics hat. No, he'll have his Celtics stuff on tonight. But he'll definitely be here. And he loves LA. This is home for

That's not a basketball play by any

It's deeper than that. He might have a blue L.A. Dodgers hat on. He was born and raised here. But he knows. He'll have something Celtics on -- he's not

We just played to win. They're the No. 1 team in the East. One of the best teams in the NBA, and we just wanted to protect home court and get a win. We did that

We played harder in the first half and they played harder in the second. They got to loose balls, 50-50 balls were theirs. They pushed us out offensively and we were catching balls beyond the 3-point line, denying us. They played better than us

No doubt. Last year I didn't know what to expect. Everything was coming at me so fast. This year I kind of know what to expect, and hopefully it's for many more years to

Nobody in their right mind would have thought that. At one point I might not have even thought I was going to be the MVP. But now I do. I'm going to keep going. I'm not trying to play for MVP – if it happens it happens, if it doesn't it doesn't. But that's definitely a goal of mine in my career at some

It means everything. To be mentioned with such great players like Larry Bird, like all the legends that played before me in a Celtics uniform, means a

If you give it your all here and win a championship they will love you. It drives me a lot. I want to be like that: give my blood, sweat and tears and come back and play your last game here. That type of love is

I just did it one game and it kept going. I've got teammates, the fans, signs, everybody in social media is saying: 'You know what time it is'. I probably won't change it. I wanted to, but it's getting tougher and tougher. You see a lot of people with No. 4 jerseys, and I would feel bad for those that pay their hard-earned money to buy a No. 4

We did a good job of just being calm and gutting out the

It's like when you've got a ticket to see Beyonce, and she says 'I'm not showing up, you're going to get the back-ups', (you're) going to (want) a

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