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Isaiah Thomas on the Cavs: “They’re not the Monstars”

Throughout the 82-game regular season, the Boston Celtics did their best to secure the top spot within the Eastern Conference. While the Cleveland Cavaliers were more worried about resting their players than where they stood in the standings, their counterpart expended their energy on making sure they had one thing when they met the wine and gold in the playoffs: Home court advantage. The Celtics spent 82 games trying to gain that advantage, it took all but 48 minutes for them to lose it.

After getting dominated in Game 1 in almost all areas, Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said that, although the Cavaliers now have home-court advantage, Boston still, somehow, isn’t scared of the wine and gold.

Here’s what he told the media during the team’s workout Thursday afternoon, according to’s Chris Fedor:

“I’m very confident. I believe in these guys. We’re not scared of Cleveland. They’re not the Monstars. They’re not on Space Jam. Like, they lace up their shoes just like us. They just happened to play better than us in Game 1 and we’ve just got to protect home court in Game 2 and get the win.”

Technically, he’s correct. Outside of James (38 points, nine rebounds, seven assist, two steals), Kevin Love (32 points, 12 rebounds), and Tristan Thompson (20 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals), the rest of the team had just 27 points. That said, the Monstars were also pretty top heavy with Pound and Bupkus dropping 71 of the team’s 77 points, but we digress. Also: Outside of Love, who knocked down 6-of-9 shots from beyond the arc, the Cavs, who are known for their shooting, were just 5-of-22 from long distance.

Many rumors have swirled that Cavs star LeBron James is in the process of making Space Jam 2, and the way he has played so far in the playoffs may suggest that he isn’t actually a human and really is a monster of some sort. But, even with that being said, Thomas and company seem to think that somehow, they will beat the Cavaliers in the seven-game series.

The wine and gold may have struggled in different areas, but they exposed the majority of Boston’s weakness – both offensively and defensively – in the first 48 minutes of the series. It may only be one game, but the Cavs seem to already be in control of the series, while Thomas seems to think that his team just needs to improve on two things and they’ll be right back in it.

“We’ve just got to be more in tune as a group. We can’t leave anybody on islands. We’ve got to let those guys see five guys in help position. I think if we do that — the clips were showing that where we did that, we played good defense that possession, we got stops, but when we left guys on islands and by themselves and not talking and communicating, that’s when they went on their run and opened the game up.”

One of the adjustments that they should make is for Thomas not to think that he can drive against James, it clearly won’t turn into a good situation for Boston.

Boston may only have a 1-0 deficit in the series, but they’ve arguably been counted out even before the series began, and now many more have joined that group following Cleveland’s dominance in Game 1. But, Thomas and company want to shock the NBA world.

“We’re not just happy to be here. We want to win this series, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We want to let everybody in this world know that we’re for real, and we’re one of the top teams in the NBA, and with this series we’ve got to go out and show the world because like everybody knows, everybody is counting us out, and we’ve been there before, though, so it’s nothing new for us.”

Clearly, the Cavaliers aren’t the Monstars, so Thomas is technically correct. But, while stating that, he pointed out something as well: Cleveland can play much, much better than they did in Game 1. Keep in mind, they still put up 117 points and were in control of the game from the opening tip to the final whistle, which is truly scary for Boston going forward.

  • Greg Popelka

    I like that little guy. He’d be so much fun to root for, coming off the bench in the LeBron + bench, 2nd quarter lineup.

  • “I’m very confident. I believe in these guys. We’re not scared of Cleveland.”

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  • tigersbrowns2

    better to keep thy mouth shut & let your play do the talkin’ …

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  • mgbode

    He did say that the Cavs weren’t the MonStars.

  • tsm

    Perhaps he meant the Lake Erie “Monsters”. Yes, the Cavs are not a hockey team. This brings up all the things that have been written about LeBron and Jordan and who is the GOAT. So many are quite defensive about Jordan even going so far as to say that no matter what LeBron achieves he will never surpass Jordan. Which, of course, is irrational. I submit that regardless of who ends up with the better career, LeBron’s peak (which seems to be now) is higher than Jordan’s. This is similar to Woods-Nicklaus. No doubt Jack is the GOAT, but Woods peak was higher as he held all 4 majors. I don’t think Jordan ever did what LeBron did in the last 3 games of the GSW series last year 41, 41, and a triple double, all while leading the greatest comeback in league finals history against the greatest single season team ever. Now we see how he is controlling the game in all aspects and he appears even more dominant than last year. He is unstoppable unless double teamed, and is not only the best passer, but also the smartest player in the league who makes everyone much better. The defenders of Jordan fall back on 6 championships (sorry then Russell is the GOAT) or the subjective killer instinct, clutch player. Just because one in’t emotionally demonstrative doesn’t mean that you care less about winning. Give me the cool, surgical athlete. I am actually beginning to think we can beat GSW this year even though they have better players.

  • Harv

    Translation: In Game 2 we plan on throwing elbows at heads, preen-screaming any time we dunk and pounding our chests at the crowd should the ball slip from LeBron’s grasp.

    Paging Dr. Jones, Dr. Dohntae Jones, please report to the scorer’s table.

    Whatevs, Isaiah Thomas has absolutely earned the right to whistle past the graveyard. Unlike most of his teammates, he can come up big under pressure. But at the risk of sounding like a verticalist, it’s hard hard when the one guy on your team who can win a game is probably 5’7″, and the three who can do it for your opponent are 6’8″, 6’4″ and 6’10”. Isaiah’s a warrior but the math is real bad.

  • tsm

    correction my friend, he is actually a celtic. The warriors are next.

  • Harv

    ah. indeed.

  • CBiscuit

    Sir you are a verticalist and an anti-Celtite!

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  • CBI

    My memory of Space Jam isn’t that good, but didn’t the Monstars lose to the scrappy less talented Loony Toons team in the end? So wouldn’t Thomas want the Cavs to be the Monstars?

  • RGB

    Those are big words for an Oompa Loompa.

  • BenRM

    HAH! Yes!

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