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Thomas scores 20+ points in 41 consecutive games, a new Celtics franchise record

Thomas scores 20+ points in 41 consecutive games, a new Celtics franchise record

As you can imagine, finding a silver lining following Boston’s 104-103 loss at Chicago was not easy for the Green Team.

But that shouldn’t take away from what was yet another historic night for Isaiah Thomas.

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Thomas had 29 points in the loss, the 41st consecutive game in which he had 20 or more points which is a new franchise record.

He now replaces John Havlicek who set the record at 40 straight games during the 1971-1972 season.

“He can score the ball in a lot of different ways,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “He’s been in a hell of a groove. He pretty much gets whatever he wants on the offensive end.”

That has allowed him to steadily climb the season scoring charts where his 29.9 points per game average is second only to Russell Westbrook who is averaging a league-best 31.1 points per game.

And Thomas has been at his best most of this season in the fourth quarter where he’s averaging a league-best 10.7 points per game.

On Thursday, Thomas scored 11 points in the fourth.

“He was really good,” head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the loss. “He’s really good every night. It’s a treat to watch him play.”

And while it’s easy to talk about Thomas and his play this season, the fact that he has been such an effective, efficient and steady scorer all season speaks to where his game is relative to the rest of the league.

“Consistency is the mark of really great players,” Stevens said. “There’s no question about it. There’s a lot of people that can do it once or twice but to do it every night, week after week is pretty impressive.”

But as much as Thomas’ scoring stands out, he’s driven more so by winning.

That’s why despite his record-setting performance Thursday night, Thomas wasn’t feeling all that great about surpassing another Celtics legend.

“That doesn’t mean nothing,” Thomas said. “That doesn’t mean anything. I’m trying to win an NBA championship one day and break those type of records.”

Hayward dons his Celtics uniform in Instagram post

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Hayward dons his Celtics uniform in Instagram post

After a summer full of Photoshops of Gordon Hayward rocking the Celtics green No. 20 jersey, he finally donned the real thing and posted a shot of him in his new work clothes on Instagram.

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The photo also provides a glimpse on another first for the C's uniform - a corporate logo. The General Electric logo will be added to the Celtics new Nike uniforms. So far, 12 NBA teams' uniforms will have corporate logos with likely more to follow suit. 

 


 

Celtics to retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 this season

Celtics to retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 this season

In a surprise to no one, Paul Pierce, the former Celtics captain, and second all-time leading scorer, will have his No. 34 retired by the C's sometime this season, C's co-owner Steve Pagliuca tells the Boston Globe. 

Pierce signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Celtics last month so he could officially retire with the Green, with whom he played 15 seasons and helped bring a 17th NBA title to Boston in 2008. Pierce was traded, along with Kevin Garnett, to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013 in a deal that's still paying dividends for Boston.

Pierce final TD Garden appearance as a player came this past Super Bowl Sunday, when he hit a final 3-pointer for the Los Angeles Clippers in their loss to the Celtics.

No. 34 going to the Garden rafters led WBZ Radio's Adam Kaufman to speculate which game would be appropriate for a Pierce ceremony.