Former Washington Huskies point guard Isaiah Thomas continues to thrive on the edge of NBA Stardom and Infamy.
"“Isaiah Thomas is everything that is right with the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately, he can be everything that is wrong with the Celtics as well.”"
That article followed a solid victory for the Boston Celtics over the Washington Wizards. At the time, it was a feel good victory, the kind that can hurl a team through the playoffs into the NBA Championship.
That sort of victory that persuade non-sports publications to launch an article to capture the moment for non-sports fans. In fact, the Wall Street Journal wrote a very complimentary piece about Isaiah Thomas. Success propels stars to the national headlines
A moment of victory captured for all ages.
What Goes Up, Must Come Down
But game two was a more difficult victory for the Boston Celtics. In fact, the team needed overtime to secure a win, albeit a ten point margin of victory. Still, there was that matter of Thomas’ defense as detailed by FanSided’s Ian Levy. That defense is the Boston Celtics Achilles Heel.
Up two games to none, the Celtics appeared to be in cruise control towards the showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the Wizards found a way to claw their way back into this one, winning the next two games at home. But that game three did not end without incident. Thomas was filmed interacting with a Washington Wizard fan who had been heckling him.
Fans Getting Inside Celtics Heads
While there is no doubt that Thomas was harassed for some time, the NBA does not look the other way when a player threatens a fan. Celtics Marcus Smart was fined $25,000 earlier for gesturing to a fan during their game two loss to the Chicago Bulls.
With the series with the Wizards now tied up two games apiece, the teams head back to Boston for game five. As Isaiah Thomas tries to clear his head of Wizards fans comments, the NBA is reviewing Thomas’ actions and remarks from game three.
Isaiah Thomas is a very passionate player. He makes plays few can replicate, tying into that passion to fuel him. But that passion keeps him on the edge, a place where the slightest error can send him spinning into videos for tomorrow’s headlines. He is everything that is right about the Boston Celtics. But he is everything wrong about them as well.