Isaiah Thomas has really made a name for himself this season.
The 27-year-old has emerged from the shadows in Sacramento and Phoenix to become the catalyst for a storied franchise like the Boston Celtics.
The point guard earned All-Star honours for the first time this term and has been a major driving force behind the Celtics' qualification for the playoffs.
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After losing twice in a row, though, the Celtics may have given up their homecourt advantage. Brad Stevens' men have slipped down to fifth in the Eastern Conference and they go into their final regular season fixture against the Miami Heat knowing they can still finish between fourth and sixth.
Thomas has been averaging 22.2 points and three boards a night this campaign and those are both career highs. He believes that although it would be nice to enjoy homecourt advantage at the TD Garden, it's not something they need.
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"I don’t think we [need home court], but it would help. We need to do everything we can to control that. It starts with a win [Wednesday]," Thomas said. "Hopefully we can get fourth place and have home-court in the first round because it would definitely help us."
His teammate, Jae Crowder, has significantly enhanced his reputation as a two-way player this year and has become a firm fixture in the Celtics starting five.
The 25-year-old is also of the belief that it won't make too much difference where they end up.
"It don’t matter. You've still got to go win games on someone else's court," said Crowder. "That's what the postseason is all about. Of course we want to start off the postseason at home, but it's not the end of the world if we don’t. We'll go handle our business and try to put together a good series and try to take care of business that way."
Coach Brad Stevens has echoed both of those sentiments and insists Boston's play this year means they fancy their chances against anyone, anywhere.
"I’m not going to concern myself with things I can’t control," he said. "Hey, I think no matter what, in the playoffs, you can’t be a dud on the road and expect to win a playoff series. And you can’t be good but inconsistent at home and expect to win a playoff series. You just have to play well in the games that you have. Again, these guys, our team, as bitter a taste as we may feel from [Monday] night, have put [themselves] in a great position all year with their play. These guys have really done a lot of good things. And we’ll look forward to playing whoever we play, wherever we play, when that time comes."
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