At 5-foot-9, Isaiah Thomas has to get pretty creative on a nightly basis to make shots at the rim against defenders with a sizable height advantage on him. His most impressive work on that front may have come Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons.
In the third quarter of the Celtics’ 121-114 loss at the TD Garden, Thomas was fouled by seven-foot Pistons center Andre Drummond as he drove to his left. The contact caused the crafty point guard to lose control of the ball initially, but he managed to recover and hoist up a high arching floater before landing out of bounds. Incredibly, the shot made its way over the backboard at a ridiculous angle and swished through the net.
Thomas was not given credit for the bucket since the officials ruled Drummond fouled him before the shot attempt was made. Still, the sequence caused the Garden crowd to let out an audible ‘Ahhh’ and likely caused a flashback to the most memorable behind-the-backboard make in Celtics history, by none other than Larry Bird.
Bird’s attempt also did not count, so Thomas can rest easy that Celtics fans won’t forget about his incredible unofficial make anytime soon.