Thomas (hip) will miss the remainder of the playoffs.
Thomas initially injured his hip during the Celtics' March 15 tilt against the Timberwolves, which forced him to miss the following two games. He then further aggravated the injury during Game 6 of the team's series against the Wizards. While the injury seemingly wasn't serious enough to put him on the injury report or limit him in any of the following games, Thomas re-aggravated it during Game 2 against the Cavaliers. This third aggravation of the injury is apparently serious, causing him to miss the remainder of the playoffs. As a result of his absence, Marcus Smart will likely start at the point guard slot, with Terry Rozier also probably seeing a significant bump in minutes. Avery Bradley could also get run at the point.
Thomas (hip) will undergo tests on Saturday, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports.
Thomas reportedly has been dealing with a nagging hip injury since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Wizards. However, he has been absent from the injury report, so the team likely did not think it was serious. It is possible the nature of Friday's blowout loss to the Cavaliers was reason enough to not have Thomas attempt to fight through the injury, but the seriousness of the issue will not be known until tests are concluded.
Thomas will not return to Friday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers due to a hip strain, Chris Forsberg of ESPN reports.
Thomas struggled in the first half, tallying just two points (0-6 FG, 0-2 3PT, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, and six assists across 18 minutes. It is unclear when he sustained the injury, but the team announced at halftime he would be unable to return. Given the Celtics were getting blown out by 41 points when the decision was announced, it is unclear how severe the issue actually is. The team may simply be opting to ensure his health going forward toward Game 3. Expect an update on his status when the team provides more clarity on the situation.
Thomas delivered 17 points (7-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 10 assists, one rebound and one steal from 38 minutes in Wednesday's 117-104 Game 1 blow out loss to Cleveland.
Most of Thomas' stats came in the second half when the game was well in hand for the Cavaliers. Thomas was a big part of the Celtics missing 11 of their first 14 shots of the game. One might wonder if the diminutive point guard is wearing down. He's averaged only 22.0 points over his past five playoff games, well below his regular season 28.9 point average. Mentally, he still must be dealing with the tragic loss of his sister. Physically, he's facing more fierce, playoff game double teams than he saw during the regular season. Thomas and the C's will look to bounce back Friday at home for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Thomas recorded 29 points (9-21 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 12 assists, two rebounds and one steal across 40 minutes in Monday's 115-105 Game 7 win over the Wizards.
Thomas led the Celtics in scoring and posted his highest total since his 53 point Game 2 performance to propel Boston over the Wizards in Game 7. The diminutive guard also did an excellent job running the team's offense and finished with a post-season-high 12 assists and his first double-double of the playoffs. At 46.3 percent from three, Thomas lit it up from deep in the series, and he will likely need to stay hot if the Celtics hope to win a series against the defending champion Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals.
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