The Boston Celtics' season came grinding to a halt at TD Garden earlier in the week as the Atlanta Hawks advanced to the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
After battling from 2-0 down with back-to-back home wins, they finally succame to the Hawks after their injuries caught up with them.
Isaiah Thomas gave it his best shot and produced four games of over 20 points, including an incredible 42-point haul in game three, but it was not enough.
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As per ESPN, the point guard insisted the heartbreak of a tough playoff series has made him determined to return even better.
He said: "Man, it still hurts. It’s tough for me. [Thursday] night was very tough just because I gave it my all. I never worked that hard in my life. Make plays and score and do everything I could for my team to win and it wasn’t enough, so it was tough.
"I’m going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again because it really hurt me. I’m going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you I’ll be back better."
Thomas elevated his stature to All-Star earlier this season and he was certainly treated that way by Atlanta in games five and six of the series.
The Celtics overachieved to even make the playoffs this year and, with their points guard leading the way, there is certainly a bright future ahead for the most successful franchise in history.