Isaiah Thomas: ‘The world knows how scary’ Phoenix Suns can be in playoffs

Apr 11, 2024, 6:48 PM | Updated: 10:52 pm

(L-R) Ish Wainright #12, Isaiah Thomas #4, Drew Eubanks #14 and David Roddy #21 of the Phoenix Suns...

(L-R) Ish Wainright #12, Isaiah Thomas #4, Drew Eubanks #14 and David Roddy #21 of the Phoenix Suns react after a three-point basket by Royce O'Neale #00 during the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at Footprint Center on March 21, 2024 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

Not many NBA teams have the luxury of their last man on the bench having 25 games of playoff experience, but that’s the leadership Isaiah Thomas brings to the Phoenix Suns.

He has logged 15 minutes over five games since joining the Suns, but his locker room and practice presence have been enough to earn a contract through the season’s end.

Thomas joined Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo on Thursday to discuss the team’s approach in the final week of an 82-game regular season, fighting for postseason positioning.

“With me being around this team the last few weeks and seeing how much firepower we really have, if things really come together in terms of getting the right stride at the right time, I think the world knows how scary we can be,” Thomas said. “I think we just gotta be a little more consistent on both ends of the floor, communicate a little bit more as well, and if we do those things, the sky is the limit for this team each and every day.”

Entering action in the NBA on Thursday, the Suns held the seventh seed in the West standings, just a half-game behind the New Orleans Pelicans for No. 6, the coveted spot above the play-in tournament.

“We talk about getting the sixth seed, that’s something that’s very important to us,” Thomas told Burns & Gambo. “But at the same time, if whatever happens happens and we do have to participate in the play-in, we’re ready for that as well, like we’re not scared of any opportunity … but if not and we get the sixth seed, we’ll be ready for that first-round matchup with whoever it may be.”

Even without a Suns game on Thursday, the standings could shift in a big way. The No. 6 Pelicans play the No. 8 Sacramento Kings, and a Pelicans loss would leave them tied with Phoenix.

Because the Suns have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Pelicans, Phoenix would then be safely outside the play-in picture, at least for the moment.

“Obviously, you wanna worry about yourself, but we’re human. We’re gonna be watching that, I’m gonna be watching it in this hotel room. I think everybody who’s a fan of the game and knows what’s at stake is gonna be watching and tuning into the last few games of the season just to see where we may fall,” Thomas said. “Obviously, we can control our own destiny, we’re taking care of business these next two games, but we definitely are paying attention to what other teams are doing.”

Exclusive Audio

Jake McCarthy...

Alex Weiner

3 reasons the Diamondbacks have not created as much chaos on base

What is different about the Diamondbacks and their ability to create chaos on the bases this season compared to 2023.

1 day ago

Bill Walton and Dave Pasch broadcast a basketball game on ESPN...

Arizona Sports

Bill Walton’s broadcast partner, Dave Pasch: ‘He brought the best out of me’

Dave Pasch remembers the late Bill Walton for making his a better broadcaster. And being a friend and sparring partner on Pac-12 games.

1 day ago

A wide angle view of the basketball court during the University of California Trojans versus the Ar...

Arizona Sports

Desert Financial Arena renovations a priority for new ASU AD

If there is one area of the new job that Arizona State athletic director Graham Rossini is equipped for, it is overseeing arena renovations.

5 days ago

Arizona State athletic director Graham Rossini on Burns & Gambo...

Arizona Sports

Arizona State ‘rapidly ascending’ to be more competitive with NIL

There's no doubt that Arizona State athletics has some catching up to do when it comes to competing in the NIL space.

6 days ago

New Arizona State athletic director Graham Rossini (Jeremy Schnell/Arizona Sports)...

Arizona Sports

New AD Graham Rossini makes up for inexperience with passion for Arizona State

New Arizona State athletic director Graham Rossini is not going to lie to you. He's aware that his hiring comes across as a bit unorthodox.

6 days ago

Michael Crow, Arizona State University president...

Kevin Zimmerman

Graham Rossini’s fit made him Michael Crow’s only interview for Arizona State AD job

Arizona State University president Michael Crow said he considered other candidates but only interviewed Graham Rossini for the AD job.

6 days ago

Isaiah Thomas: ‘The world knows how scary’ Phoenix Suns can be in playoffs