Isaiah Thomas might be happy with being second — but definitely not third in the East.
“I went to dinner with Isaiah after the Denver game and he was pretty pissed because the Wizards had won and gained second place,” Crowder told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.
“I told him, ‘Don’t worry about it. We got a lot of games left and we’ll get them back. We just have to take care of each game at a time.’ I don’t check too often; Isaiah checks a lot.”
Thomas had 22 points in Sunday’s 100-80 win over the Chicago Bulls, a game which didn’t need his usual fourth-quarter heroics, given how they cruised for the vast majority of the game.
The Celtics had opportunistically taken over the second seed from the struggling Toronto Raptors and stayed there for roughly a month, but the surging Wizards have won their last five games — including a clean sweep of their four games in five nights after Saturday’s 125-124 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Boston meanwhile, has gone a mere 2-3 during the last five, splitting their last 10 games and giving room for a team on the rise to catch up.
Washington has gone a blazing 25-8 since the beginning of the calendar year and also leads the regular season series with the Celtics 2-1, with the two rival teams slated to meet for the last time on March 20 at TD Garden.