Thomas left the team Friday night following the Game 6 opening-round clinching victory in Chicago to return to Washington for the funeral of his younger sister.
Boston kicked off the second half with a nice dunk from Al Horford, who then turns around and deflects the ball out of bounds as Washington tries to inbound it.
Coaches and teammates have run out of words to properly describe exactly what Thomas is doing this postseason.
"I've never had dental problems, so this is new", Isaiah Thomas said after he scored 33 points and handed out nine assists to lead the Celtics to a 123-111 victory Sunday over the Washington Wizards. "I tried to get as much sleep as I could on the flight and then when I got home this morning".
"It's playoff basketball. Everybody wants to win", Smart said on Saturday.
And the team that team president Danny Ainge and Stevens built, while not all-star-laden, is loaded with players who can shoot the "3".
During player introductions Sunday, Thomas pointed to the TD Garden rafters when his name was called. Jae Crowder made a career-high six triples and Isaiah Thomas added five of his own. On the other hand, the Bulls had to win two consecutive games, in Game 6 and 7 or their season would be over. Wall averages 17.8 points per game, 8.3 assists per game while shooting 37.3% from the field against Boston. He made 4 of 5 in the first quarter with Horford feeding him through high/low post action.
"Basketball, when I'm on the court, it just keeps me going", Thomas said.
Less than a minute after checking in, Brown buried a corner 3-pointer that pushed Boston's lead back up to 10. John Wall added 20 points and 16 assists.
Morris told The Washington Times he received three rounds of treatment after leaving the game. "Our defense slipped a little". And he still comes out, he's focused, and it was like he flew back with us from Chicago yesterday.
The Celtics and Wizards have been brewing an increasingly bitter rivalry since past year. Thomas drilled a pair of threes to force a Wizards timeout and put the Celtics back in the game.
Thomas, who gave an emotional speech at the funeral, lost a tooth to an Otto Porter inadvertent elbow in the first half - the tooth flying up into the air before Thomas, who finished with nine assists, wound up picking it up off the floor. Boston led by 15 by the end of the third. He nailed three 3-pointers and the Celtics hit 16 of 39 from long range.
The Celtics and Wizards split the regular season series 2-2, each picking up the wins on their home courts.
All in all, the Celtics made 19 threes, but the the ones they made the third quarter changed the outcome of this game.
The Jazz advanced to face top-seeded Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. The Warriors swept Portland 4-0 and have been waiting since Wednesday to find out their next opponent. But I work a lot, so it's only a certain amount of time to hold a shooter down and I feel like it was just due for me to have a good game like that. He had a tapout that led to Beal's 3 for a 5-0 lead.
In the most closely contested series of the first round - and the only to go seven games - the Clippers came up strangely flat with their season on the line.
"Late, when we did start scoring, we couldn't get stops", Paul said.