Celtics

Celtics

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.