Isaiah Thomas Says He Studied Paul Pierce To Prepare For Game 7



With their season on the line, Game 7 was a must win for the Wizard and the Celtics. The Celtics ultimately came out on top and will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to face off against the Cavaliers.

In preparation for the game, Isaiah Thomas spent a lot of time watching film. But he didn’t watch film of himself to find a way to improve, or of the Wizards to find a way to beat them. Instead, he went back to the 2008 matchup between the Celtics and the Cavaliers to watch film of Paul Pierce take on LeBron James in a crucial Game 7.

From Thomas’ postgame interview (via NESN):

“I thought about it a lot,” Thomas said. “All day and night I watched Paul Pierce vs. LeBron James and how special that was, two superstars going at it, guarding each other and it was a historic game. I definitely did my studying and I knew it was going to be a big game tonight, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy at all and we came out on top.”

It clearly got Isaiah in the right mindset to take on John Wall and the Wizards. And with the Celtics preparing to face off against LeBron on Wednesday, it might help going forward.

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