BOSTON – In what has been a difficult playoff series against Cleveland for the Celtics, it just got all the more daunting with the news that Isaiah Thomas is out for the remainder of the postseason.
According to the Celtics, Thomas' re-aggravated a right femoral-acetabular impingement with a labral tear (a torn labrum in his right hip in layman's terms) in the 130-86 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night at TD Garden. The Celtics trail the series, 2-0. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland.
Isaiah Thomas has been ruled out for the remainder of the postseason. Details here: https://t.co/Ljbw0suGQg— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 20, 2017
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“Isaiah has worked tirelessly to manage this injury since it first occurred,” Celtics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian McKeon said in a team statement. “The swelling increased during the first two games against Cleveland, and in order to avoid more significant long-term damage to his hip, we could no longer allow him to continue.”
He re-aggravated the injury in the first half Friday night, in the worst playoff loss in Celtics history, and was unable to play in the second half.
Thomas, who did not travel with the team for Games 3 and 4, finished Game 2 with just two points while missing all six of his shots from the field.
Cleveland has done a good job defensively on Thomas, although it was clear in his first half that something wasn’t right physically with him.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens noticed as well.
“When we went back to the locker room [at halftime], our training staff and doctors got to him,” Stevens said. “He was pretty despondent not to be able to play. I mean, that guy is a tough guy, and he plays through a lot. For him to have to sit is really hard.”
And hurtful to Boston’s chances of pulling off an upset on the Cavaliers’ home floor in Game 3 on Sunday.
Stevens said Thomas suffered the injury in Game 6 of the second-round series against Washington. The injury was so severe that there was some uncertainty as to whether the two-time All-Star would be able to play in Game 7.
Boston won Game 7, in which Thomas had 29 points and 12 assists.
In the two games since then, he has scored a total of 19 points on 7-for-25 shooting from the field.
With Thomas out, look for the Celtics to start either Marcus Smart or second-year guard Terry Rozier.
Boston was 2-4 this past season when Thomas was out with an injury. He missed four games in December with a groin injury and another pair of games in March with a right knee bruise.