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Isaiah Thomas on Celtics telling Robert Williams he won’t make injury worse by playing through it: ‘Heard that before’

Isaiah Thomas with Boston Celtics

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics sits on the floor against the Washington Wizards during Game Six of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals at Verizon Center on May 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Isaiah Thomas has mostly let others speak on the Celtics mistreating him.

But when a report emerged the Celtics told Robert Williams he wouldn’t make his injury worse by playing through it, Thomas chimed in.


Boston played Thomas through a hip injury then traded him in 2017. Thomas’ career then unraveled amid hip issues, costing him a major payday.

Williams said playing through knee pain is “worth it, for sure” (though didn’t elaborate on the dangers other than using the word “risk”). No two injuries are identical. Hopefully, he’ll be fine in the long run.

But Thomas’ warning does cause some apprehension.