W2W4: C's vs. Knicks (Game 54 of 82)

The Boston Celtics (21-33, 12-15 home) host the New York Knicks (10-45, 3-24 away) on Wednesday night at TD Garden (7:30 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:


Isaiah Thomas is fitting in rather well with the Boston Celtics.

Finding anything positive right now for the New York Knicks is almost impossible.

Thomas looks to continue his impressive start Wednesday night in his first game in front of the home fans as the Celtics face the league-worst Knicks.

Boston (21-33) acquired Thomas from Phoenix for guard Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round draft pick ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

So far, there hasn't been much of a learning curve for Thomas, who has scored 21 points in each of his first two games off the bench with the Celtics. He was averaging 15.2 with the Suns, who acquired him last summer in a trade with Sacramento where he had a career-high 20.3 points last season.

Thomas' latest performance came at the expense of Phoenix on Monday, adding seven assists in a 115-110 win as Boston salvaged the finale of a three-game road trip.

Coach Brad Stevens isn't surprised by Thomas' immediate production, which comes on the heels of losing leading scorer and rebounder Jared Sullinger for the rest of the season with a broken left foot.

"These guys move on pretty quickly, they have to, they're pros," he said. "I don't see it from the negative impact."

There hasn't been much of that in Thomas' last two meetings with the Knicks (10-45). He's totaled 42 points in a pair of wins, going 7 for 12 from the field in a 99-90 road victory for Phoenix on Dec. 20.

The Celtics, though, have lost four of five at home in the series after 10 consecutive wins in Boston.

Avery Bradly scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting in a 108-97 victory at New York on Feb. 3. He enters this matchup averaging 23.7 points on 50.0 percent from the field -- 8 for 18 from 3-point range -- over the past three games.

While the Celtics are two games back of Brooklyn for the eighth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference, the only race New York is winning involves ping-pong balls.

With Carmelo Anthony shut down for the season and Amare Stoudemire now in Dallas, it's no surprise the Knicks are having major offensive problems. They're averaging 89.3 points and shooting 40.7 percent during a seven-game skid.

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THREE THINGS TO WATCH (via Chris Forsberg)

Home sweet home: The Celtics haven't been home in nearly two weeks, not since a rollicking pre-All-Star upset of the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks. Boston plays four of its next five games at home and is still lingering in playoff content (2 games back, but three other teams in front of them outside the playoffs, including a Hornets team that visit Friday).

Welcome to Boston: Isaiah Thomas will make his Garden debut after being acquired at Thursday's deadline. He ought to get a hero's welcome with how he's played in his first two games with the team. Thomas has quickly endeared himself to this fan base with his passion and swagger and will be warmly received when he hits the floor for the first time.

Bigs watch: The Celtics stayed real small against the Suns and didn't utilize a big off the bench (newcomer Jonas Jerebko had been battling illness and that might help explain his DNP). Kelly Olynyk is due back later in this homestand and will add size off the bench, but Boston has found success sticking small, especially with Jae Crowder at the 4 in reserve units.