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Brad Stevens endorses Isaiah Thomas’s All-Star bid

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Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.8 points per game.Sharon Ellman

The NBA All-Star voting closed on Monday, and in the most recent tally released by the NBA, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas appeared to be quite a long shot to be voted in as a starter; he had received the ninth-most votes among Eastern Conference backcourt players.

But the reserves will be selected by the coaches, and on Monday Celtics coach Brad Stevens vouched for Thomas, who entered Monday averaging 21.8 points and 6.6 assists per game.

"Those spots are earned, and [Thomas] sure has done a lot of work," Stevens said. "I mean, he's not only a dynamic scorer, but the way that he's able to run the offense, the way that he's been able to defend for us, just his all-around game, I think obviously he's elevated our team. The other thing is, as far as like putting the ball in the basket over the last few weeks, he's been as good as anybody. That consistency to me merits that honor.

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"There's a lot of good players in the league, I understand that. I don't know that they're all as impactful on their teams as Isaiah is on ours."

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