Isaiah Thomas may just be the most underrated player in the NBA.
The diminutive point guard isn’t on commercials, and he isn’t talked about by pundits and analysts on a daily basis (although SN just did a deep dive into his signature move), but he is feared by his NBA peers.
A sampling of his comments to reporters after the game, according to ESPN and Ohio.com:
“I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization. I just hope we’re not satisfied.”
“It’s great to have bodies. Obviously, in the playoffs, you go down to what, eight max? And if somebody gets in foul trouble, you go to nine. You’re not playing back-to-backs. You have two days in between. You’re able to lock in.”
“It’s like when you don’t have bodies. It’s tough. The (expletive) grind of the regular season. We’re a top-heavy team. We have a top-heavy team. We top-heavy as (expletive). It’s me, [Kyrie Irving], [Kevin Love]. It’s top-heavy.”
“I’m not singling out anybody. I’m not. Yeah, we won [the championship], but (expletive), you know what, let’s see if we can do something.”
Once Irving runs in-between Love and James, Love passes the ball to James at the elbow. Then, almost without thinking, James tips the pass over two defenders and leads Irving to the basket for a layup. The NHL Jerseys Cheap defense isn’t expecting James to make the pass because the window is so small, and the Cavaliers make it look like they are just going through the motions with upward of 15 seconds remaining on New York Giants Cheap Jerseys the shot clock.