Stevens: Plan is Isaiah Thomas will 'fly back late' Thursday night

Stevens: Plan is Isaiah Thomas will 'fly back late' Thursday night

CHICAGO – Isaiah Thomas did not take to the floor with his teammates for practice on Thursday, but Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said his two-time All-Star was scheduled to arrive in Chicago in plenty of time for Friday night’s Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls.
 
“The plan of attack is for him to fly back late (Thursday) night,” Stevens said.

Thomas flew to Tacoma, Washington after Boston's Game 2 loss on Tuesday to be with his family after the one-car accident that killed his 22-year-old sister Chyna J. Thomas, on Saturday. 

Boston, the top seed in the East this year, lost Games 1 and 2 at the TD Garden and have no choice but to view Friday’s game as a must-win if they are to have any realistic shot at rallying to win this series.
 
And for that to happen, they will surely need Thomas who leads all players in this series with a 26.5 points per game average.
 
But as we saw in Games 1 and 2, even with Thomas putting up Thomas-like numbers scoring the ball, the Celtics will need more than that in order to emerge with a win on Friday.
 
Adjustments are indeed in order if the Celtics are to get back in this series.
 
“Taking care of the ball is the number one thing,” said Boston’s Al Horford. “And then making sure we get back on defense and get our defense set. I feel that’s a priority.”
 
But above all else, Boston has to find a way to win on Friday regardless of how the victory comes about as they try and rally from a 2-0 series deficit.
 
“It’s not where we were expecting to be at all,” Horford said. “But we have an opportunity to come in here (Friday). I know it’s going to be hectic out here. We’re all we have, so we’re fighting for our lives right here. I’m looking forward to (Game 3).”

Marcus Smart laughs off Jimmy Butler’s comment questioning his toughness

Marcus Smart laughs off Jimmy Butler’s comment questioning his toughness

WALTHAM, Mass. – There are lots of questions about Marcus Smart that you can’t help but find yourself asking from time to time.
 
But his toughness?
 
That isn’t one of them usually.
 
But Chicago’s Jimmy Butler raised that question following Boston’s 104-95 Game 4 win, a game in which Smart and Butler had a dust-up that led to both players being whistled for technical fouls.
 
When asked his response to having his toughness questioned – something Smart said has never happened – he said his response was, “ha ha.”
 
Smart added, “You heard him. He said, ‘I don’t think Marcus Smart is about that life.’ If you say he ain’t about that life, you should know, right?”
 
You can bet Game 5 officials will be on the lookout Wednesday night to make sure Smart and Butler don’t have any issues that escalate into something more than just two highly competitive players woofing at each other.

“I ain’t gotta tell you what I’m about,” Smart said. “I can show you better than tell you.”
 

Kevin Garnett reveals what was in his message for Celtics

Kevin Garnett reveals what was in his message for Celtics

Kevin Garnett says there’s still “a special place in my heart when it comes to the Celtics,” which was evident by the message he left for the C’s before their first playoff win over the Bulls last week.

On his Area 21 show, with guests Bernard King, Gary Payton and Chris Webber, KG provided a little insight into what his message was.

He said it specifically was for Isaiah Thomas, who has been playing in the wake of his sister Chyna's death in a car crash. 

“His sister is an inspiration. And play for her. He took it and put it on the boom box and it is what it is,” Garnett said. “We all are C’s and that’s what it is."