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ARE THE CELTICS BETTER WITHOUT ISAIAH?

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Updated: May 24, 2017
BOSTON, MA - MAY 19:  (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics reacts in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Are the Celtics better off without Isaiah? I am not sure that I know the definite answer but it does seem a little bit weird that after having a really difficult time, and getting crushed two games in a row, the Celtics finally won and it was without their star player Isaiah Thomas!

Why could Boston be better off without him? Well for one, Thomas has had a really tough few months. Less than two months ago his sister, Chyna Thomas, died in a car crash. It would be really understandable if he was having a hard time keeping his head in the game with such a terrible thing happening in his family. If one of your star players isn’t all in, all the time it affects the whole team.

Second, Isaiah Thomas is short! I think it’s amazing that someone who is only 5’9” has been so successful in the NBA. But, even though Thomas is obviously an amazing basketball player, he is at a big disadvantage, especially defensively always being the shortest guy on the court. This puts the Celtics at a disadvantage because they have to figure out how to make up for the fact that they have a guy on the court that is a foot shorter than most other players.

Like all athletes, Isaiah Thomas definitely has his weaknesses. However, I think that Sunday’s win was a combination of a few things and they had nothing to do with Isaiah. I think Marcus Smart had one of the best games of his career. I think Lebron James played really sloppy. And I think those two things have more to do with the Celtics win than Isaiah’s absence.

I can’t wait to watch tonite’s game to see if Boston can do it again without Isaiah.

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