Everyone in the NBA understands their problem.

The important thing to remember is that the Toronto Raptors didn’t do anything wrong. They traded for P.J. Tucker at February’s deadline hoping his defense would help. They’ve tried different defensive approaches and schemes, just to make sure those wouldn’t work. Ultimately, they can’t stop LeBron James.

Everyone in the NBA understands their problem.

Mark Barron Kids Jersey James scored 39 points on just 14 field goal attempts on Wednesday. He shot 10-of-14 from the field, hit 4-of-6 on threes, and recorded six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks. It was a typically nonsensical performance; you can probably count on one hand the players in NBA history who you could expect to record numbers like that in a playoff game. And it didn’t even look like James was really trying.

Limited Mens Gabe Jackson Jersey That’s an I’m-better-than-you-and-I’m-going-to-make-damn-sure-you-know-it three if I’ve ever seen one. A contested three! From LeBron James, who hit a basically identical one on the previous possession! James might as well have cackled maniacally and yelled, GO HOME!

Thomas has been tough as nails all season long. It’s the reason why a point guard listed at 5’9 can fearlessly attack 7’0 rim protectors, averaging 28 points per game for the season in the process.

But this is a different type of toughness. What Thomas has endured would flatten most others. He’s taken it and still been able to produce for a Celtics team looking to dance with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

To get there, he’ll have to focus first on his second-round Wizards opponent, led by John Wall and Bradley Beal. And given the bad blood between these two teams, Boston will need all of its All-Star guard to move into the next round.

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