Boston Celtics All-Star Guard Isaiah Thomas Says He Lost Skills Challenge Because It Wasn’t The Fourth Quarter
Boston Celtics All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas lost in the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge on Saturday night and IT claims that is his last time competing in the event due to the fact that he hates to win.
“That’s my last time doing it,” said Thomas who competed in his third Skills Challenge. “I can’t get a win. It’s fun, but it sucks losing. I hate losing no matter what it is.”
Thomas moved onto the second round of the skills challenge and went head to head with Gordon Hayward. Both came down to the three point shot at the end but according to Thomas he couldn’t make a shot since it wasn’t the fourth quarter.
“I couldn’t make a shot. I guess it wasn’t the fourth quarter,” quipped Thomas afterwards.
Thomas and Hayward traded off shots at the end and Thomas’s goal was to just try and make sure Gordon didn’t hit his shot, an endeavor he inevitably failed at.
“I knew he was shooting kind of fast,” Thomas said. “A couple of those shots, I was just trying to hit his ball; I was trying to make sure he didn’t make it.”
Thomas’s mindset going forward is about making sure his injury plagued Boston Celtics team is in the right position to win basketball games down the stretch leading into the NBA Playoffs.
“We’re like a next man … everybody has a next man up mentality,” Thomas said. “We don’t use excuses on why we lose games or why players are out, stuff like that. We don’t think about it when players are out. When we know somebody’s out, it’s like, ‘OK, next man up. We have to take advantage.’”