The Celtics, coming off a rough loss in Los Angeles to the Clippers, continue their West Coast trip tonight in Oakland against the first-place Golden State Warriors. The Celtics, who blew a 16-point lead the other night in LA, will have to rebound against a juggernaut who is missing Kevin Durant.
However, the Celtics losing to the Clippers wasn’t their only headline of the night. In a postgame interview Isaiah Thomas appeared to call out coach Brad Stevens by saying “We should have won this game. We should have won (Sunday) night (in Phoenix). We can’t be experimenting in Game (63).”
That’s not exactly what you want to hear your best player saying about your Coach Of The Year candidate. I do understand the IT4’s frustration, however he has to understand that Brad is one of the best coaches in the league and was somewhat strapped for talent that evening due to injuries to Al Horford and Avery Bradley, who is still limited due to his previous injury. Beyond that, speaking to the media about your frustrations with the coaching isn’t very positive for team morale. Instead, why not keep it to yourself or just say something privately to the coach?
Editors Note: I don’t agree with what Isaiah Thomas said about Stevens, and for ripping Jae Crowder after IT clearly blew the Suns game is laughable. It’s shameful, really. If LeBron did that, I would rip him up and down, it’s only fair that Thomas gets criticized for it. Shut your mouth, play basketball and be a leader. It’s not your job to call out guys when you made huge mistakes at the end of the game that truly cost the game…
Anyways, on to tonight’s game. It looks like the Celtics will have both Horford and Bradley for tonight’s game against the Warriors. In what may be the Celtics biggest test for the remainder of the regular season, the C’s will be looking to gain some much needed positive energy. Lately, pretty much since the All-Star break, it has appeared as if the Celtics have a dark cloud of negativity over them. If the Celtics wish to hang on the 2nd-seed in the East as well as make a deep playoff push, they’re going to need their positive energy and chemistry back.