Celts' Isaiah Thomas: 'Not Scared' of Cleveland

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The problem is, Celtics don't have a strong enough body to put on Thompson, but they rebound well with Smart, Crowder, and Terry Rozier's freak athleticism playing together. In the fall of 2013, such a decision was made in regard to the player who many are predicting will be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. It seems doubtful that the Pelicans will want to give away their All-NBA center and that the Celtics could take his large contract, but it may be more likely after they traded for DeMarcus Cousins this season. However, Larry Bird didn't want to trade George while they were still in playoff contention, and the Celtics were unwilling to trade the Nets draft pick before they knew its full value. The window is now.

Popovich was left perplexed and downright disgusted that his team got dominated in such embarrassing fashion without Leonard, who re-injured his tender left ankle in Game 1 after stepping on Pachulia's foot. If you can acquire a Paul George, a Jimmy Butler, or a Gordon [Hayward] from Utah, you have to do it. ...

Thomas usually starts on the wing and gets a double staggered screen that allows him to turn the corner and go downhill and attack the basket. "With a team like that, the defending champions, you can't let them hit first". [Image by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images] Could they do the same by drafting Fultz from Washington and signing Hayward from the Jazz?

"The Little Guy", as he has come to be affectionately known by the Boston fan base, was rewarded for his play with a selection to the All-NBA Second Team.

After sweeping the Pacers and Raptors, Game 1 between the Cavs and Celtics will be Cleveland's their ninth game in 33 days. Would the Celtics be better off trading the No. 1 overall pick? Before they acquired him via a trade with the Phoenix Suns in 2015, they were seeking for a player who can help turn the tables around for them. Boston acquired the Nets' 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the rights to swap in 2017. But again, there's a lot of risk and unknowns involved there. Not only that, but Thomas believes that he and Fultz would thrive together in Boston. If Boston trades for a Butler or George type, they would have to give up too much to be able to compete for a title.

Isaiah Thomas said he's talked with Markelle Fultz since Boston landed the first overall pick in Tuesday's draft lottery. "They're not on 'Space Jam, '" Thomas said.

"When (Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum) called out No. 4 and he said it wasn't us, I said 'Um, that's it, that's all I care about, '" said Johnson, the Hall of Famer in his first year as Lakers president. "For him to play off the ball, where I think he's better at it, or him to play on ball and I can play off the ball, I think the chemistry would be awesome".

"We're not just happy to be here", said Thomas.

"[Playing on or off the ball] really doesn't matter to me. Whatever a team needs me to do to win, I think I'm capable of doing it". Most teams won't do a pick for a player straight up, so the Celtics may have to throw in another player along with the pick depending on what type of player they are looking for.

But if the oldest Ball brother is the star LaVar says he is, then the Lakers are about to embark on another championship run. "We have to do our best fixing it up appropriately without overdoing it and make sure we try to do our best to keep him in front". Who knows what Ainge will do, but all I know is there will be fireworks in Boston this summer no matter what happens. "And if that means being on the court doing what I have to do, that's what I'm gonna do".

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