The Los Angeles Clippers are in a bad mood right now. For the second-straight game, they failed to close out their Western Conference Semifinals opponents, Denver Nuggets, and bring the franchise to its first Conference Finals in history. Up 3-1 in the series, they squandered a 16-point lead in Game 5 and a 19-point lead in Game 6 – both were in the second half too. Now, the ghosts of playoff collapses are creeping up on them heading into Game 7.
It’s a very frustrating time as the pressure has suddenly shifted unto their side, so the last thing they need is some free agent chirping at them – yet that’s just what they got. Free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas took to Twitter to let them know his thoughts.
Thomas, as you may remember, was traded to the Clippers last during the trade deadline last February but got immediately waived. He’s been unemployed ever since:
I know for damn sure I could’ve helped the Clippers!!! We just gon keep working tho— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) September 13, 2020
Is IT speaking facts?
Hopefully, you haven’t forgotten how a prime and healthy Isaiah Thomas played. He was a scoring machine that can shoot anywhere and attack to the basket relentlessly, all despite standing just 5’9, often the shortest man on the floor. In his magical 2016-17 campaign with the Boston Celtics, he finished third in scoring (28.9 PPG) behind future MVPs James Harden and Russell Westbrook, second in 4th quarter scoring (9.8), and also helped the Cs own the best record in the East.
An unfortunate hip injury suffered in the 2017 playoffs has caused Thomas to slow down and bounce around the league, but he hasn’t lost some of his quick-trigger ways on offense. While a back-up PG for the Washington Wizards earlier this season, he put up 12.2 points and 3.7 assists per game in just 23.1 minutes – 19 PPG and 5.7 APG per 36 minutes.
That said, while Thomas’s scoring can certainly provide a lift, his overall style of play wouldn’t really with the defensive-minded Clippers, especially since they already possess a handful of scorers – Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Monrez Harell, and Lou Williams, who plays a lot like IT.
He will likely get picked on on defense and may be relegated as a spot-up shooter, which may then cause him to be up-and-down and be slow in finding rhythm.
Thomas’s Game 7 prediction
IT tweeted out a prediction for Game 7 too, although I’m not sure if it’s him trying to jinx his true former team.
I got Denver in 7!— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) September 13, 2020
Thomas was with the Nuggets in the 2018-19 season. It was a disappointing and injury-plagued year as he only appeared in 12 games, averaging 8.1 PPG in 15.1 minutes of action.