Boston then let a close game get out of hand and the Raptors took that big lead, but Thomas reeled them back in sort of by himself, scoring 19 of the team’s 32 in the fourth. Thomas is a rangy three-point shooter off a pass or a dribble as well as a lights-out free-throw guy, but what truly sets him apart is his ability to squeeze into the lane and cause mayhem. He shoots 58 percent at the rim, which is better than Russell Westbrook. Note the speed with which he fearlessly jumps through the defense.

He pulled off an even better layup in the fourth quarter and finished between two help defenders.


The Celtics’ best offense right now is to hand the rock to Thomas and let him cook, which is extremely good for fans, because dude is the most exciting player in the Eastern Conference.