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Isaiah Thomas out 6 to 8 weeks after latest injury for ex-Celtics star

Isaiah Thomas out 6 to 8 weeks after latest injury for ex-Celtics star

Isaiah Thomas just can't seem to stay healthy since leaving the Boston Celtics two years ago.

Thomas underwent left thumb surgery Wednesday and is expected to miss six to eight weeks as he recovers, the Washington Wizards announced.

Thomas suffered the injury -- a rupture of the radial collateral ligament in his thumb -- during "routine workouts" Monday, according to the team.

It's another tough break for the 30-year-old point guard, who's appeared in a total of 76 games over the last three seasons due to a nagging hip injury that required surgery last March.

Thomas' hip injury, which he sustained during his career season for the Celtics in 2016-17, essentially derailed his career to date, as he's bounced between the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets since then.

Thomas finally appeared healthy after signing with the Wizards in July, but it appears his Washington debut will have to wait. The Celtics' first matchup with the Wizards isn't until Nov. 13 -- exactly eight weeks from Wednesday -- so there's a chance Thomas can return for a Boston reunion.

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16 reasons why 2019-20 NBA season is shaping up to be the best ever

16 reasons why 2019-20 NBA season is shaping up to be the best ever

NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-76ers starts at 6:30pm Wednesday with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call of the game at 7:30pm.

Unprecedented player movement. No clear-cut favorite to win the title. One of the most talked-about rookies in years. Superstar duos across the league.

As the 2019-20 NBA season tips off Wednesday night, there's no shortage of intriguing storylines to monitor.

Which team has the inside track on the 2020 title: Kawhi Leonard's Clippers? LeBron's Lakers? The Greek Freak and the Bucks? Harden-Westbrook 2.0? The new-look Sixers?

How will the Celtics fare now that Kyrie Irving is gone, presumably along with the team's chemistry issues? Will Zion Williamson somehow live up to the hype?

Those are just a few compelling topics that will garner headlines over the next eight months, and NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg will be monitoring all of them.

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Brian Scalabrine breaks down the difference between Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker

Brian Scalabrine breaks down the difference between Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker

NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-76ers starts at 6:30pm Wednesday with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call of the game at 7:30pm.

The Boston Celtics are one of the most different-looking teams in a changed NBA landscape. And one of the biggest changes they underwent came at point guard.

The Celtics lost Kyrie Irving to free agency two seasons after acquiring him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving left the team amid rumors of discord in the locker room and joined the Brooklyn Nets.

To replace Irving, the Celtics signed Kemba Walker. Walker was considered to be the best player available after Irving on the free-agent point guard market. He made the All-Star team with the Charlotte Hornets multiple times and averaged 25.6 points per game in his final season with the team.

The transition away from Irving won't be seamless, but it will be an interesting one. As NBC Sports Boston's Brian Scalabrine outlined in the network's NBA preview show, Irving and Walker play differently and while Irving may be the better player, Walker may fit the Celtics better.

Kyrie's probably a better player. He's bigger. He can get to the basket. But in Boston, they're thinking now with Kyrie gone, the rest of the guys are able to shine. So Kemba Walker, in which he doesn't say anything bad about anybody, now, he comes in and allows Jaylen Brown to do his thing. He allows Jayson Tatum to do his thing. Kemba Walker -- high volume pick and roll player in Charlotte -- Brad is using him mostly off the ball. You see plays like that coming through dribble handoffs.

It's going to be really interesting the way that coach uses Kemba Walker. It's going to be very different than the way they used Kyrie Irving.

Scalabrine and Philadelphia 76ers insider Marc Jackson would also go on to discuss the Celtics' loss of Al Horford and how his departure hurts the C's but helps the 76ers. Watch the segment in full via the video above or click here to see the whole thing.

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