Following their blowout loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night, the Boston Celtics have announced that guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs. Reports confirm that Thomas re-aggravated a hip injury that occurred in March.
According to Celtics.com, Thomas will mis the rest of the postseason “…following re-aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland.”
The emergence of Thomas this year was somewhat surprising to some fans, but he has always used a tireless work ethic to better himself. Following the passing of his sister, he went on to have one of the best games of his career. And he is a legitimate reason why Boston is in the Eastern Conference finals.
Danny Ainge recognized his efforts of Isaiah Thomas on his Twitter account on Saturday.
— Danny Ainge (@danielrainge) May 20, 2017
Even the Celtics chief medical officer told Celtics.com that Thomas tried to play through the injury, but that it became too much.
“Isaiah has worked tirelessly to manage this injury since it first occurred,” said Celtics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian McKeon. “The swelling increased during the first two games against Cleveland, and in order to avoid more significant long-term damage to his hip, we could no longer allow him to continue.”
How much will the Celtics miss Thomas leading the team for the remainder of the playoffs? See below.
Even with the massacre that occurred Friday night, Thomas’ absence is the final dagger for Boston this postseason.
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