Isaiah Thomas earned plenty of praises after dropping 53 points in the Boston Celtics’ 129-119 victory over the Washington Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Thomas revealed that Lakers legend Kobe Bryant reached him out and helped him break down playoff film.
“We’ve been in communication the last couple weeks since my sister passed,” said Thomas, who noted Bryant reached out to express his condolences to the Thomas family after Chyna Thomas died in a single-vehicle accident on April 15. “He’s been a big help since Game 2 [of the Bulls series]. We actually watched film together on the phone for 30 minutes. He was going over my film with me and teaching the things that he looks at when he watches film.”
Isaiah Thomas faced a huge tragedy in the start of NBA Playoffs 2017 after losing his sister, Chyna, in a car accident. The saddening event undeniably affected the Celtics star’s performance, resulting for his team to lose the first two games against the Chicago Bulls. Fortunately, the Celtics managed to bounce back and won fourth straight games to advance to the second round.
Kobe Bryant calls Isaiah Thomas the “Mighty IT”
So far, the Celtics continue to dominate in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, leading the series, 2-0, against the Washington Wizards. In Game 2, Thomas established an impressive performance, finishing with 53 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Several NBA players reacted to Thomas’ 53-point game, including five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 3, 2017
Bryant acknowledged Thomas playing with “Mamba Mentality” but not in favor of calling him “The Mini Mamba.” Instead, the Lakers legend gave the Celtics star a new nickname, calling him the “Mighty IT.”
Isaiah Thomas not willing to reveal Kobe Bryant’s secret
Bryant’s guidance undeniably helps Thomas perform better in the playoffs. When asked about the specific advice Bryant shared with him, Thomas decided not to divulge any information.
“I’m not going to tell you his secrets. He wouldn’t want me to do that,” said Thomas. “Mentally, he’s on a different level than anybody I’ve ever met. We were on the phone for 30 minutes. I emailed him my film and he watched every second of it. He was telling me what times to go to and what to look at, just certain plays and things I didn’t look at when I watched film. Like I said, mentally, you could tell he’s one of the greatest ever.”
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