We might have to drop the “no relation” tag from Isaiah Thomas‘ nickname, because the degree of difficulty on this assist to Kelly Olynyk was starkly reminiscent of his namesake. Late in the second quarter of the Celtics’ game against the Knicks at TD Garden on Friday night, Thomas threaded the needle with a brilliant and impossible lead pass to find Olynyk in the lane for the easy two.
During his time in Boston, the All-Star guard has established himself as one of the best young players in the league, especially given his so-called size disadvantage. Thomas has always been a deadly offensive threat, but plays like this demonstrate his ever-expanding court awareness as a floor leader. He finished with 29 points as the Celtics beat the Knicks 115-87.