Isaiah Thomas was shut down by the Celtics during the Eastern Conference Finals due to an impingement and labral tear in his right hip, an injury that did not require surgery, just rest. In a few weeks the Celtics hope to know more about his timeline to recovery.
Thomas evidently isn't quite in the clear despite three months having passed. According to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, Boston will run more tests on Thomas' hip in early September.
Here is what Stevens said on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, as transcribed by CSN NE:
“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe... Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”
Thomas doesn't need to rush into anything and he has extra incentive to take things slowly. This is the final year of his contract and he's already stated he is gunning for a max deal next summer.
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After missing nine games while he recovered from two procedures on his left knee, point guard John Wall is back in the Wizards' lineup for their Wednesday night matchup at home against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Getting Wall back comes at a good time for the Wizards, who have lost two straight games, both to teams with losing records, and went 4-5 while he was out.
They are 5-6 without Wall overall this season.
Wall was administered platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee on Nov. 25.
He returned to the practice court on Dec. 8 while the Wizards were on the road and has since taken the final steps before being medically cleared to return.
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Wall will now rejoin a Wizards team that is 14-13 on the season and currently seventh in the Eastern Conference. Through 16 games this season, he is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists.
With Wall out, the Wizards have averaged 101.5 points per game compared their 108.4 points before he got injured. His return should help other players on the Wizards like Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Markieff Morris return to form on the offensive end.
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The Washington Wizards' brand new professional NBA 2K18 team now has a name and logo.
The details were released on Wednesday through the team's Twitter account @WizardsDG and the logos look quite good.
D.C. fans, welcome Wizards District Gaming. There are logos and a pretty sweet hype video showing scenic shots of Washington, D.C.:
The season is set to kick off in the spring. For more on Wizards District Gaming, check out our podcast featuring 1-on-1 interviews with executives from the team Zach Leonsis and Grant Paranjape:
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