Thornton was absolutely scorching. So many of his baskets came on catch-and-shoot opportunities where the ball was barely in his hands. But as soon as he let go, you felt like it was money.
The Celtics tried to run a zone in stretches and Thornton completely obliterated that idea. When he wasn’t zipping up the court on a fast break, Thornton was parking himself in the open spaces of the Boston defense.
The Celtics are known as one of the better defenses in the NBA, and the Kings went around them like they were cemented to the floor. Sacramento really benefitted from crisp ball movement, as evidenced by all five starters dishing out at least four assists. And it was not just around the perimeter. Isaiah Thomas was the bus driver, ensuring that everything ran smoothly and throwing some jaw-dropping dimes in the process.
As the trade deadline approached this week, I lobbied for Danny Ainge to keep this crew together for one more playoff run. I enjoy watching this team fight and claw for victories.
But for every gritty and gutty peformance, we also have to endure lazy-ass stink bombs.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)