Finger injury on shooting hand could limit Isaiah Thomas

Finger injury on shooting hand could limit Isaiah Thomas

The left finger injury suffered by Isaiah Thomas has not progressed much since it happened, but he still plans to play tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Thomas said the injury occurred on Friday night in Boston’s blowout win against New York, and continued to linger during Saturday’s win at Indiana.
“The swelling hasn’t really moved the last couple days,” Thomas told reporters this morning. “I just have to do the best I can to not think about it and worry about the pain later.”
The injury is to his left (shooting) hand which makes it all that much tougher for him to deal with.
It was certainly bothering him in the first half of Boston’s win at Indiana on Saturday as he missed his first four shots in the first half. But Thomas got it going in the fourth quarter, finishing with 23 points with 12 coming in the decisive fourth quarter.
“Can bend it a little bit,” Thomas said. “Gotta work around it. I’ll figure it out today and make adjustments.”
It was suggested that he tape it up, but Thomas declined to do that on his shooting hand.
Despite the injury, Thomas has every intention of playing tonight.
The news isn’t nearly as cut and dry when it comes to Al Horford who has missed the last six games following a concussion on October 31.
He told reporters that no decision has been made yet as to whether he will play tonight.
“I don’t want to make any promises at this point,” Horford said. “I’m towards the end of this whole thing. I just … I don’t want to make any promises.”
Boston (5-4) lost three of the next four games following Horford’s injury but seemed to have found their stride in the last two games -- both Celtics wins -- in part because of Kelly Olynyk who has stepped his game up significantly in Horford’s absence.
Appearing in three games, Horford has averaged 12.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.

Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday


Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will undergo a knee exam on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.

Irving last played on March 11 against the Indiana Pacers. He logged 16 minutes before leaving due to a sore left knee.


The Celtics have since announced Irving will get a second opinion on the knee. Irving's knee has suffered no structural damage, according to ESPN.com. He may need to get screws removed from his knee, according to The Sports Hub's Tony Mazzarotti.

    Greg Monroe looks comfortable as bigger offensive focal point

    Greg Monroe looks comfortable as bigger offensive focal point

    BOSTON – Jayson Tatum dropped 23 points, snatched 11 rebounds and Boston’s injury-riddled roster squeaked out a 100-99 upset win over Oklahoma City.

    It was a good game for Tatum, but teammate Marcus Morris wasn’t moved one bit by Tatum’s historical performance.

    “Now it’s not. … I’m not even impressed no more,” Morris said. “It’s to the point where I know what he’s going to bring, I know what he’s capable of. So it’s more like, I expect that now just being around, watching him play day-in and day-out, practicing with him.”

    Teammates agree that the 20-year-old Tatum is growing up right before our eyes.

    “With Jaylen and Kyrie being out, he’s looking to be more aggressive,” said Boston’s Al Horford. “Everybody is going to talk about offense, but on the defensive end he didn’t have an easy matchup, going against Paul George. I felt like he did a great job.”

    Here are five other takeaways from Boston’s 100-99 comeback win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.


    Boston’s second unit is still getting the job done even as injuries rob it of its core group that includes Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier who are now both starters. The Celtics’ new-look second unit was still impactful in Boston’s 100-99 squeaker past the Oklahoma City Thunder. Against the Thunder, Boston’s bench outscored Oklahoma City 35-10.


    The big man continues to come up big for the Boston Celtics off the bench. Injuries have forced other key reserves into the starting lineup which has led to Monroe becoming an even bigger focal point offensively when he’s on the floor. Against the Thunder, he had 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting with six rebounds.


    You never really know what you’re going to get from the Boston Celtics when it comes to rebounding the basketball. Well, Tuesdaynight was the good rebounding Celtics whose ability to control the glass was a huge factor in the victory as Boston out-rebounded Oklahoma City 52-44.


    Remember how Marcus Smart would struggle to make shots, and still play major minutes and still make a meaningful impact? Well, Semi Ojeleye had that kind of game for the Celtics. The 6-foot-6 rookie missed all six of his field goal attempts, but showed some serious versatility against the Thunder with defensive stints on each of Oklahoma City’s Big Three of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook.


    Marcus Morris made the game-winner and Jayson Tatum was as strong on the floor as we’ve ever seen him. But arguably the biggest X-factor in Boston’s win was the play of Larkin. His ability to control the flow of the game, getting his teammates in and out of sets was critical to the win, as was his offense. For the game, Larking had 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field.