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Celtics Lose Isaiah Thomas For Rest Of Playoffs

May 20, 2017 8:32 PM

Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of the postseason after aggravating a right hip injury during Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics announced Saturday that Thomas suffered a "re-aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear" during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics trail Cleveland 2-0 heading into Game 3. 

“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.”

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Isaiah Thomas Misses 2nd Half Of Game 2 With Right Hip Strain

May 20, 2017 3:27 AM

Isaiah Thomas missed the entire second half of Game 2 with a right hip strain.

Thomas played 17 minutes in the first half and didn't score a single field goal on six attempts.

“I think he's going to be reevaluated tomorrow, “ said Stevens, “and ‘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.”

According to Stevens, Thomas has been battling the injury for a while.

“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.”

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Isaiah Thomas Talks To Markelle Fultz About Playing Together With Celtics

May 19, 2017 1:02 AM

Isaiah Thomas has reached out to Markelle Fultz about the possibility of sharing a backcourt with the Boston Celtics.

Fultz is expected to be the Celtics' pick at No. 1 if they don't trade it for an established star.

"He's excited," Thomas said. "I mean, he obviously doesn't know where he's going, but ... he's excited about the opportunity."

Thomas said Fultz inquired about the culture of the Celtics organization, to which Thomas has offered insight into how things work.

"He asks questions; I answer them," Thomas said. "He's a good friend of mine. If it happens, we'll figure out how to play together. If not, we'll go from there."

Both Thomas and Fultz attended the University of Washington.

While Fultz will likely be the top pick of the 2017 draft, Thomas was the last pick in 2011.

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Celtics Will Only Trade Top Pick For 'Second Coming'

May 18, 2017 12:52 PM

Owner Wyc Grousbeck indicated the Boston Celtics are unlikely to trade away the top pick in June's draft.

"I think these picks are very, very valuable," said Grousbeck. "You think of it, if you’re going to trade this pick as part of a package for an established star [who is] making max [money], you’ve got to send max money out the door, as well. You’ve got to send more guys along. So, this guy coming back better be the second coming. What’s more, he’s going to be halfway through his career, whoever he is. And he’s going to be paid, right now, a ton of money, which restricts you in other ways.

"If you can get a really good guy with this pick, you’ve got him. You can build with him. You can grow with him. You can coach him up. And you get to max money eventually — five, six years down the road — but it’s a totally different thing.

"So, these picks are really valuable in today’s NBA. And so our intention would be to make the pick unless someone blows us away with an offer. That’s the way I would probably think about it."

The Celtics are widely expected to select Markelle Fultz.

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Markelle Fultz Considered 'Clear Choice' For Celtics If They Keep No. 1

May 16, 2017 9:31 PM

The Boston Celtics won the lottery and made their potential trade offers more valuable since they control the draft.

The Celtics had interest in trading for either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline and can revisit those discussions in June.

"Fultz is the clear choice" for the Celtics if they decide to keep the pick, according to Chad Ford. 

The Celtics will also own the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected first rounder in 2018.

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Draft Prospects Could Avoid Boston Workouts Due To Playing Time Concerns

May 15, 2017 1:50 AM

Several agents are considering holding their draft prospects out of workouts with the Boston Celtics.

With a deep roster at every position, agents are concerned their clients would have to spend the first few seasons of their career coming off the bench. Most agents and players seek opportunities where they can immediately lead a franchise. 

Jaylen Brown was picked third overall and had an inconsistent role with the Celtics as a rookie.

The Celtics will have no worse than the fourth overall pick in the June draft.

"I have deep respect for the Celtics," one agent said. "They may have the best GM and head coach in the league. But I'd have to understand what the plan would be for my client before I let them come. They are loaded at every position. There's a real danger that they take a player and either he plays a limited role of the bench, or he becomes an asset to be traded to a situation that we're uncomfortable with. It's tough."

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Celtics Should Have Had Extra Second At End Of Game 6

May 14, 2017 3:37 AM

The Last Two Minute Report indicated that the Boston Celtics should have had an extra second on the clock to run a final play in their loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 6.

John Wall hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds to go and, with a foul to give.

Isaiah Thomas missed an off-balance three-pointer that would have won the game for the Celtics.

The league also noted: "Instant replay is not permitted in this situation."

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Markieff Morris: Celtics Can't Do 'Funeral' Attire Like Us

May 13, 2017 3:42 AM

The Boston Celtics showed up for Game 6 wearing all black for the "funeral" of the Washington Wizards but John Wall extended the series with his clutch three-pointer.

In January, the Wizards showed up to Verizon Center wearing all black for a rivalry game against the Celtics and won the game.

“They just tryna be like us, they just want to be us so bad, man,” Markieff Morris said. “They can’t. There’s only one Death Row DC, and they can’t do it like we can do it.”

Brad Stevens didn't want to engage on the topic before the game when asked.

“They don’t consult me on fashion, surprisingly. Nor do I get the memo,” said Stevens.

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Markelle Fultz Interviewing With Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Kings, Knicks

May 11, 2017 3:56 AM

Markelle Fultz is expected to be the first or second pick in the June draft.

Fultz is interviewing at the combine with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.

Fultz is one of the only top projected picks to attend the pre-draft combine in Chicago.

Fultz spent one season at Washington and didn't reach the tournament.

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Isaiah Thomas Fined $25,000 For Interaction With Fan

May 11, 2017 2:33 AM

Isaiah Thomas has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for "directing inappropriate language" at a fan of the Washington Wizards during Game 3.

According to the individual who took the video, the fan was heckling Thomas, who was on the bench at the time, throughout the game.

Thomas pointed at the fan and responded with, "I will f--- you up, and you know that."

"Obviously there's a line that you can't cross and, ultimately, get fined for," Brad Stevens said. "That's my reaction to it. I think that if he could take it back he would."

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