The Boston Celtics came into the 2016-17 NBA season as one of, if not the "biggest threat to dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers" in the Eastern Conference.
After being on the wrong end of a 123-107 pummeling dished out by the less-than-stellar Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas wasn’t afraid to honestly assess the Celtics’ performance thus far with reporters. Via ESPN:
"We’re not as good as we thought we were … When we don’t come out with a sense of urgency, we’re not a good team, and that’s what happened tonight."
And on coach Brad Stevens’ aspirations of the Celtics being a top defense?
"At this point, we’re all talk … That’s all we’re doing. So until we put it together in a full 48-minute game and show what we can do at that end, we’re not gonna be a top defensive team."
The Celtics are second in the Atlantic Division with a 3-3 record. Though that mark will likely improve in the near future, it’s clear Thomas is treating it far from anything close to a guarantee.