The Boston Celtics were handed a 104-88 loss by the Golden State Warriors Friday night, and Isaiah Thomas believes his team gave up.
Heading into halftime, the Celtics were down by just six. Coming out of the break, Golden State ended the game early. A 31-9 third quarter effectively ended the Celtics’ chance of a comeback, and Isaiah Thomas was not thrilled about Brad Stevens’ rotation.
“We gave up. The coaching staff as well. We started subbing,” said Thomas to Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports. “It was bad, especially how I only played 27 minutes. We gave up.”
In the third, most of the minutes got occupied by Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Tyler Zeller and Gerald Green. Thomas played a little more than seven minutes. Regardless, their defense was terrible. Golden State shot 56.5 percent from the field in the third and 48.9 overall, and the C’s had no answer for Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant.
“I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost. We couldn’t get stops, and they kept pouring it on. We didn’t play well on the offensive end the whole quarter. That’s the reason. I’m not saying the reason we lost was because of subs, but we went into panic mode for whatever reason, and that’s what happened. I’m upset with that.”
KT, who’s struggled mightily to start the year, finished with 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting while Durant tallied 23 points and ten boards. Thomas was the lone bright spot for Boston, and his shine wasn’t bright.
The 5-foot-9 All-Star tallied 18 points for the Celtics but on a piddling 4-of-12 shooting. This is now the second time Thomas is calling out his team for lack of effort, and it’s evident that severe underachieving will not fly with IT.
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