Isaiah Thomas, your gut checking is calling. The Boston Celtics point guard went 0-6 from the floor in the new Boston Massacre as the Cleveland Cavaliers pummeled the Celtics 130-86 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Thomas has been extremely inspirational this post-season. He has made key plays and he’s done so in the face of extreme emotion.
Those heroics were against the Washington Wizards who are not the Cavaliers.
Thomas, who was named second-team All-NBA, had played 17 minutes in the first half of Friday’s meltdown.
He missed the second half of Game 2 with what was announced as a right hip strain.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated in the post-game press conference that the injury is not exactly new.
His status for Game 3 is unclear as the series moves to Cleveland on Sunday.
“I think he’s going to be reevaluated tomorrow, “Stevens said. “‘We’ll see’ is what I was told. I don’t know anything further to that. I don’t know if somebody out of our PR group will communicate that tomorrow or early Sunday, whatever the determination is.”
“He’s had a nagging hip injury,” said Stevens. “He aggravated it pretty significantly on Friday in Washington Game 6, went through a bunch of different testing on Saturday and Sunday, was able to play Monday, hasn’t felt great either of the two days.
But today I thought he looked much different in the first half. When we went back to the locker room, our training staff and doctors got with him. He was pretty despondent not to be able to play. I mean, that guy is a tough guy, and he plays through a lot. For him to have to sit is really hard.”
Thomas is without a doubt the heartbeat of the Celtics. They go where he goes. Not only does he need to take the court but he needs to make plays.
The odds on them pulling this series out are not even worth discussing yet. For that to happen Thomas and the Celtics have to focus on one game at a time.
Regardless of the obstacle that faces him, Isaiah Thomas won’t feel good about everything that he accomplished year if he allows himself to stay down on the mat for the 10 count.