Former Oklahoma State and current Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart scored 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the game.
Almost a half-hour after the final buzzer, Thomas was still dressed in full uniform with a white towel draped over his head.
This is not the time (Bill Sy): I get it. Since the game right before the All Star Break at Chicago, a game they lost on a awful foul call on Marcus Smart at the end of regulation, the Celtics have dropped five out of their last eight games. "We can't be experimenting in Game 63", Thomas told reporters after the game. We will. We can't panic, but tonight hurt. Better yet, following the team's season long five-game road trip, they play 11 of their last 16 games in Boston. We played a really good game until the last 15 minutes. The last thing this team needs is a spat between their star player and their young head coach. "We could have done a lot better".
Following the team blowing a 13-point lead to the Clippers, Thomas shared a few thoughts about the coaching decisions of Stevens. At one point, 6-foot-6 Jae Crowder was essentially the team's center, and the Clippers produced a series of finishes without much resistance going to the rim. Pressed on whether it was the lineups, he remained silent until the next question came. He sounded off back in November after a loss to visiting Golden State in which Stevens pulled him early in the fourth quarter as the Warriors pulled away.
The Clippers were down 13 points to Boston on Monday night, until Crawford began to be that shot-maker from all angles.
Boston's leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas, is healthy, but certainly not happy.
The Celtics were in control of the Clippers throughout the first half Monday, but unraveled after halftime. The Celtics will try to bounce back tomorrow night, as they'll try to knock off a Golden State Warrior's team that is without Kevin Durrant. Fresh off games in Milwaukee and Chicago on Friday and Saturday night, the Clippers play road games against Minnesota and Memphis on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
The Boston Celtics' run towards the playoffs last season had a number of moments that provided a nice jolt of confidence. A win over the Clippers could have drawn the Celtics within two games of the East's top spot. There was a chance to pull within two games on Sunday before a stomach-turning finish allowed the Suns to emerge on an improbable Tyler Ulis buzzer-beater.
- Boston has a 9-6 record in the second game of back-to-back contests.
Two conference contenders suddenly engulfed in question marks meet up Wednesday night when the Boston Celtics continue a Western swing against the Golden State Warriors. Still, Thomas isn't giving up hope on catching the Cavaliers for the No. 1 seed.
"We're only three games back".
"Everything", Thomas said, repeating the word for emphasis. While a home loss to the Celtics probably doesn't raise an eyebrow, it should be noted that the Warriors had a 54-game winning streak at home.
When Crawford gets hot, Blake Griffin said "you just kind of get out of the way and let him do his thing".
He added: "We have to figure it out". "I don't even know if he can see anything sometimes when he's down there, and he finishes", Rivers said.