CLEVELAND – LeBron James believes Isaiah Thomas’ sister gave the Boston Celtics guard an extra push in Thomas’ brilliant 53-point performance in Boston’s Game 2 victory against the Washington Wizards.
“I believe that she was just looking upon him, looking down on him and giving him everything and more,” James said of Thomas’ sister, who died in car accident April 15 and would’ve turned 23 years old on Tuesday. “There was no way he was going to get tired last night and I just felt that – and I saw watching the game – at no point was he going to get tired. I just think she was just looking down on him and just giving him any extra motivation, any little touch, any little spring.”
James, who spoke with reporters at Cleveland’s Wednesday morning shootaround, had high praise for Thomas.
“He’s very special. He’s a special guy, special talent. Unique talent,” he said.
Thomas scored 33 of his points in the second half and overtime, including nine of Boston’s 15 points in OT.
“When you’re on the court that’s your sanctuary and that’s where you can kind of block everything out no matter what you’re going through in your individual life, block everything out because that’s your happy place and it definitely showed for him in his individual performance,” James said.