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Fred Hoiberg: 'Impossible to guard' Isaiah Thomas when he travels

April 24, 2017

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg voiced his frustration Sunday night over how Isaiah Thomas is being officiated, suggesting that the Celtics point guard has gotten away with carrying the ball at various points throughout the first-round playoff series. AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastCHICAGO -- After watching Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas dominate his team to the tune of 33 points in a 104-95 Game 4 loss on Sunday night, the frustration that has been building up inside of Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg finally boiled over. Hoiberg believes that Thomas has been carrying the ball at various points through the series and is upset about how the All-Star point guard is being officiated.

"Let me say this, Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player," Hoiberg began. "An unbelievable competitor -- he's a warrior, everything he's going through right now. He had a hell of a game tonight. But when you're allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he is impossible to guard. He's impossible to guard when you're able to put your hand underneath the ball and take two or three steps and put it back down. It's impossible to guard him in those situations."

Hoiberg said he has been talking to officials throughout the series, telling them that he feels Thomas is carrying the ball. Hoiberg said he has been told by the officials that they would watch for the violation.

Hoiberg was asked specifically when the violation he is asking about -- carrying the ball -- is usually called in the NBA....

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Thomas scores 33, Celtics beat Bulls 104-95 to tie series

April 24, 2017

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas erupted for 33 points in Game 4.CHICAGO -- Isaiah Thomas is playing through tears after the death of his sister, drawing strength from the rest of the Boston Celtics.

They found another gear in Chicago.

Thomas scored 33 points, and the Celtics beat the Bulls 104-95 on Sunday to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all....

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Horford, Thomas lead Celtics over Bulls 104-87 in Game 3

April 22, 2017

Al Horford led a balanced Boston attack in Game 3 against Chicago.CHICAGO -- The Boston Celtics got pep talks from a past champion as well as their current superstar. Then, they put a charge in a series that was slipping from their reach.

Al Horford had 18 points and eight rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points, and the top-seeded Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 104-87 on Friday night after dropping the first two games of their opening-round series at home.

The Celtics pulled away after a 20-point lead shrunk to one early in the third quarter and put themselves in position to tie the series just as it was getting away from them. Game 4 is Sunday in Chicago....

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James dominates, Cavs beat Celtics 114-91 in East showdown

April 06, 2017

LeBron James drives to the basket for a power, one handed slam. He follows that up with a huge block at the other end and proceeds to slap hands with a few Celtics' fans.BOSTON -- LeBron James and the Cavaliers sent a message to the Celtics in their final matchup during the regular season: They won't relinquish the Eastern Conference's top seed that easily.

James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and the Cleveland ran past the Boston 114-91 on Wednesday night to move back into first place in the East.

The teams had identical records entering their final regular-season matchup, but Cleveland (51-27) now has a one-game lead over Boston (50-28) with only four games to play. Cleveland also holds the tiebreaker with the Celtics for the top seed, if needed....

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Celtics' Isaiah Thomas says focus the same vs. Cavaliers with top seed in play

April 05, 2017

Isaiah Thomas' 30 points weren't enough as the Celtics lost to LeBron James & Co. in their first trip to Cleveland this season. Ken Blaze/USA TODAY SportsWALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas knows there's a chance that the Cleveland Cavaliers could rest key players on the second night of a back-to-back when the teams meet on Wednesday at TD Garden. Thomas doesn't have a preference on whom the Cavaliers trot out in a game that could go a long way toward deciding the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

"I mean, at this point, I don't care who plays," said Thomas. "If they don't play, that'll be good. If they do, we'll be there at 8 o'clock to play them. I'm fine with either way they go. You can't control that decision but, if they do play, it would definitely be a really good game and, if they don't, we've just got to figure out how to get a win anyway."

The Cavaliers sit a half-game back of the Celtics prior to playing the visiting Orlando Magic on Tuesday. LeBron James played a regular-season career-high 52 minutes in a double-overtime win Sunday over the Indiana Pacers. What's more, the Cavaliers are 1-9 on the road on the second night of back-to-backs this season....

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