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Sean Grande: Isaiah Thomas returns for the Celtics tonight.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: I’ve been told Isaiah Thomas is fine. No minutes restriction as far as I know.
Steve Bulpett: Isaiah Thomas went through the Celtics’ walkthrough and got up his shots. He’s ready to return tonight vs. Washington.
Marc D’Amico: Brad Stevens says “no new news” on Isaiah Thomas’ knee. Out today vs. Philly and questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. WAS. #NEBHInjuryReport
“He felt OK through the rest of the game, but was really hurting and swelled up last night,” Brad Stevens said Friday morning ahead of Celtics shootaround. “We’re hopeful to have him back after the trip, but I’m not sure. I think that he’ll be evaluated day-to-day in Boston and he’ll go through as much treatment as possible. “He wants to be back, he wants to be here, he wants to be playing, but he was sore yesterday, and those bone bruises are a little unpredictable.”
Marc D’Amico: Brad Stevens on IT’s knee injury: “It swelled up last night. We hope to have him back after the trip, but we’re not sure.” #NEBHInjuryReport
Boston Celtics: Isaiah Thomas will not travel this weekend to NY and Philly. He’s out with a right knee bone bruise. #NEBHInjuryReport
Gary Washburn: Isaiah Thomas: “I’ll be suited and booted tomorrow and ready to help my team win.” #Celtics
But barring any setbacks, Celtics president Danny Ainge said they’ll have their leading scorer back Friday night when Boston hosts the Charlotte Hornets. “Isaiah has looked good. He’s been here in Boston and I’ve seen him work out the last few days. He’s looked good. Unless he has any setbacks, the plan is for him to play [Friday] night,” Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Thursday. “That’s what we’re hoping for.”
Gary Washburn: Isaiah Thomas will NOT play tomorrow vs #Spurs. Is targeting Friday vs #Hornets. #Celtics
Scott Souza: #Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said he’s out tomorrow with groin, but planning to travel to OKC.
Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas flew home early to start treatment for a groin strain and will miss the game Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. Thomas suffered the groin strain late in the first half Monday against the Houston Rockets. Thomas could be seen grabbing at the right side of his groin after an offensive series. He played the rest of the game — missing a potential go-ahead layup in the final seconds — and soreness set in the next day.
With 10:14 remaining in a playoff game the Celtics trailed by 29 points, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas landed awkwardly on his left ankle, suffering a mild ankle sprain. “With this team, I’ve seen just enough crazy stuff to think that we might be able to get back in it and give them a chance from 12 [minutes] to nine or eight, just to see if it could happen,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens after the Game 5 loss. “He had a sub at the table when it happened, so I know that’s quite a task and quite a mountain to overcome, but we’ve all seen this team do some pretty crazy things when they’re down.”
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Mark Berman: 2016 2nd-round pick Zhou Qi in Houston from China. Agent Tony Leng:”He comes here to train & we’re looking forward to sign w/ the #Rockets “
Marc Berman: Tony Leng, Zhou Qi’s Chinese agent: “He comes here to train, and obviously we’re looking forward to sign with the Rockets and that’s what he came here for, to be able to play in the NBA and to achieve his childhood dreams, playing in the NBA. Until that contract is signed we cannot say that. He’s just come off a very successful CBA season, got a championship for his club in China. Just wants to get here and train and get better.”
Ballmer, the former Microsoft (MSFT) CEO who purchased the Clippers for an NBA record $2 billion, said his team will likely lose money as it spends on talent to win. But NBA teams will be worth more in the long run, offering a big return on his investment if he ever decides to sell.