The Boston Celtics are up 2-0 on the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference semifinals thanks in large part to the heroic on-court efforts of star point guard Isaiah Thomas.
After leading the team with 33 points in a come-from-behind Game 1 victory, Thomas exploded for a whopping 53 points (29 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime) in Boston's Game 2 win.
IT is playing some inspired basketball right now, but no one can do amazing things without some help, and Thomas is no exception.
Following the Game 2 victory, Thomas revealed that he's been breaking down game film with NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who reached out to the Celtics star following the tragic death of his sister just before the start of the playoffs:
Though it may seem odd that a former Los Angeles Laker is helping out a Celtic - as the two teams have a long-standing rivalry - it's clear that Kobe and IT don't see things that way.
In the video interview below, Thomas explains that he and Kobe started breaking down film after Boston's Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. He goes on to detail what exactly their film study consists of (while avoiding going into particulars about strategy):
"He just tells me what he sees and what I should be watching for on film," Thomas said in the video. "Mentally, he's on a different level than anybody I've ever met. We were on the phone for 30 minutes. I emailed him my film and he watched every second. He was telling me what times to go to and what to look at and certain plays that I didn't look at when I watched film. Mentally, you can tell he's one of the greatest ever.
"That [started] after Game 2 [against the Bulls] when I went home, actually. He wanted to go over film with me and he called me and we did it."
Having Kobe and Thomas team up is bad news for the Wizards, who face an important Game 3 in Washington on Thursday night. A loss would mean the Wizards' season would basically go on life support, as overcoming a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series is nearly impossible.
Thomas and the Celtics, meanwhile, need to end this series as quickly as possible if they want to be fresh for the Eastern Conference Finals against either LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers or Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.
With Bryant offering his advice and expertise to Thomas, though, the best is possibly yet to come for the star point guard this postseason.