Brad Stevens: Surgery appears 'unlikely' for Isaiah Thomas

Brad Stevens: Surgery appears 'unlikely' for Isaiah Thomas

SALT LAKE CITY – Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas (hip) will have a follow-up visit with his physician within the next 10 days, but surgery appears “unlikely” according to head coach Brad Stevens.

Stevens had a chance to spend some time with Thomas on Sunday as part of the Celtics contingent that met with free agent Gordon Hayward in Boston.

While Stevens declined to speak about the Hayward visit, he was more than open to discussing the latest on Thomas’ health which was indeed in question.

Thomas suffered a right hip injury in Boston’s second-round series against the Washington Wizards.

He finished out the series, but the Celtics’ medical staff, fearing Thomas would only worsen the injury if he continued to play, was shut down during Game 2 of Boston’s Eastern Conference finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As for Thomas now. . .

“He’s got a follow-up with his doctor … either next week or 10 days out from now to determine the next steps,” Stevens said prior to Boston’s summer league matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Stevens added that the two-time All-Star “should be ready to go.”

When asked about potential surgery as still being an option, here’s what Stevens had to say.

“Everything I’ve been told, everybody I have talked to, it looked unlikely that they would need (surgery) but I don’t want to speak in absolutes,” Stevens said. “I’m not a doctor; I’m just a coach.”

Thomas led all players in the Eastern Conference with 28.9 points per game last season and was named to his second straight All-Star team.

He is entering the final year of a four-year, $27 million contract that will pay him $6.26 million this season.

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

Jayson Tatum comes up big vs Paul George, Thunder

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum had another strong performance for the Boston Celtics, doing so against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George, a player Tatum has acknowledged on more than one occasion he has looked up to. 

That admiration didn’t get in the way of Tatum delivering a big-time performance in helping Boston rally from six points down with 12.7 seconds to play, to knock off the Thunder 100-99.

Tatum tallied a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. And doing so at 20 years and 17 days old, Tatum became the youngest player in franchise history to tally at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game.

“It feels good,” Tatum said when asked about his first 20-plus point, 10-plus rebound game in the NBA. “But honestly, I’m just glad we won. That was a big win against a great team and it was fun playing out there today.”

Impacting the game on multiple levels offensively along with being a defensive and rebounding force are qualities often associated with George who became familiar with Tatum prior to last June’s NBA draft which is when the Celtics selected him with the third overall pick. 

“I reached out to him before he was coming into this draft and I got to talk to him,” said George, who had 24 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against the Celtics. “It’s an honor when you see young talent. I‘ve been inspired by many in this league so it’s great to inspire the younger generation in this league.”

And while Tatum may be young, he continues to prove himself up for whatever challenges await him. 

“We are going to keep throwing to the wolves and keep going to him in those moments,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Boston closed out the game with an 8-1 spurt in the final 24.7 seconds, with Tatum either scoring or assisting on five of those points which includes assistant on Marcus Morris’ game-winner.

Tatum’s composure down the stretch comes from being influenced by many, including George who considers it “an honor” that Tatum holds him in high regard. 

“At the end of the day, us veteran guys want the younger guys to take the game further and advance much farther than what I was,” George said. “There’s going to be kids looking up to Jayson (Tatum) that are probably already looking up to Jayson (Tatum).”


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

1:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins Gary Tanguay and Trenni Kusnierek to discuss Kyrie Irving getting a second opinion on his injured knee and what the Kyrie’s options are for the remainder of the season.

5:53 - Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine break down the Celtics stunning last second comeback win over the Thunder with multiple key players sitting out.

10:27 - Tom Curran and Jerod Mayo stop by Early Edition to play a game of Fill in the Blank that involves Gronkowski’s contract and the Patriots best offseason acquisition.