Few NBA players last 14 years in the league, and only one has done at 5-3. That would be Muggsy Bogues, who played in the NBA from 1987-2001.
Naturally, Bogues has been enthralled by the play of Isaiah Thomas, who, at 5-9, is averaging 25.6 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals for Boston this postseason.
“Oh, of course I’ve been watching Isaiah do his thing out there,” Bogues said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “He’s been doing it all year long. He’s just elevated in the playoffs. Tough times, though, in terms of the situation that he’s going through with his sister and his family, but he’s wearing it all on his sleeves. He’s going out there, trying to put the Celtics on his shoulders and he’s trying to get them through this series, but it’s tough. John Wall and them boys are going to make it real tough on him.”
The Celtics have lost back-to-back games for the second time this postseason. They dropped their first two playoff games before winning four straight against Chicago. In the Eastern Conference semis, meanwhile, they won their first two games at home but lost their last two in Washington.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Boston at 8 p.m. ET.
Thomas, 28, averaged a career-high 28.9 points per game this season. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, however, complained during their first-round playoff series that Thomas often carries the ball on offense, which makes him tough to defend.
Bogues didn’t agree with that claim.
“No, I disagree,” he said. “You could look at everybody. Everybody these days (is) carrying the ball because their hand is underneath of the ball, as opposed to on top of it. But no, it’s just a hesitated dribble. That was just a frustrated comment, I’m sure, that came out of his mouth because if you go through the league and you look at all the guys who have that type of ball skills, they’re able to create that type of space.”