The Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas has earned the nickname “The King of the fourth”. Isaiah is averaging an eye popping 10.5 points per game in the 4th, which is the most in 20 years of NBA basketball. Isaiah Thomas dropped 44 points last night, and scoring 19 in the 4th quarter. From a purely Celtics stand point he’s also placing himself with the greatest Celtic of the modern era.
Isaiah Thomas’ 5th 40-pt game this season is the most by a Celtics player since Paul Pierce had 5 in 2002-03. pic.twitter.com/4EmkFE2gUB
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 2, 2017
Thomas did his thing against a DeMar DeRozan-less Toronto Raptors. The Celtics went into the match-up on February 1st 2017, with only a .5 game lead in the division. The Celtics have struggled defending the guard position ever since Avery Bradley became sidelined with an injury.
Last time Boston played the Raptors, the combination of DeRozan and Kyle Lowry scored at will against a weak defensive unit. Defensively speaking, Isaiah is not a great guard, but right now, there is no better scoring guard in the clutch.
Russell Westbrook, widely considered All-Star snub of the year, is also considered to be a runaway MVP winner. Isaiah Thomas must also join that conversation. Not for only being the best player on a team 2nd in the conference, but for his ability to put his team on his back and close out games at a historic level. “King of the Fourth” suits him quite well.
Isaiah Thomas scored at least 15 points in the 4th quarter for the 10th time this season.
That’s twice as many as any other player. pic.twitter.com/PG5Edc6Wfb
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 2, 2017
Russell, on paper, deserves it due to the fact he will average a triple-double for the year (which is bonkers), But when you look at the term “Most Valuable”, is there any player that has been more valuable to their team’s success than Isaiah Thomas?
The King of the Fourth will play off the bench for the East at the All-Star game, and I would bet money that he leads the game in scoring for the 4th quarter.