Jeff Goodman: There was significant concern from Celtics about Isaiah Thomas’ hip, source told ESPN. Turning 29, game is built on speed.
Isaiah Thomas will undergo additional testing prior to the start of training camp, which as you might expect has elevated the concern level among Celtics Nation. But Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com that the tests have more to do with re-affirming that Thomas remains on a good track health-wise, than any added concern for the two-time All-Star’s health.
Boston eventually lost the series in five games, with Thomas unable to play due to the hip injury in the last three. Ainge said earlier that Thomas’ injury would not require surgery. "There's nothing else, other than what Brad [Stevens] said," Ainge told CSNNE.com.
Take Boston’s Brad Stevens, who told Chris Mannix on The Vertical Podcast that tests in a couple of weeks will show if Thomas is ready for camp. “He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September. Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.”
"That’s the plan, yeah," he said. "I should be ready by camp, but I’m getting back in the gym shooting and being able to work out in the weight room and get my cardio back, because I’ve been down for two and a half months since the season ended. It’s getting there though. This week has been great progress for me."
Thomas said he's been just resting since his injured hip forced him out of the Eastern Conference Finals in May, but that he recently got back in the gym to start getting back into shape. "The hip is great," Thomas told the Herald on Saturday during his annual basketball clinic at BU, where he was hosting more than 400 campers. "It’s going well. Rehabbing it, but it’s going well. It’s a real slow rehab process, but it’s getting better and that’s what it’s all about."
"The decision was to sit and rest, and get my legs stronger, get my muscle back working again," Thomas said. "We're just going to try to get to 100 percent as quick as possible. "I’ve been resting. That was the gameplan when my season was over. To rest and stay off it as much as possible to see how it reacts. It’s reacted well, it’s just going to take some time."
Hip surgery has been ruled out for Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on Wednesday.
Ainge said that Thomas, who severely aggravated an injury to his right hip during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, has resumed light on-court work and has been ramping up his cardiovascular training off the court. “Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge said. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”
Chris Forsberg: Celtics coach Brad Stevens couldn't rule it out completely but believes surgery is unlikely for Isaiah Thomas and his injured hip.
Mark Murphy: Brad Stevens said IT has not "determined" a course of action regarding his hip, and continues to rest.
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he expects a medical update on Isaiah Thomas' injured right hip later this week.
After the hip issue forced him out of the playoffs, Thomas said he would undergo reevaluation once the swelling subsided. Thomas said surgery was not considered likely at the time, but that things could change after the swelling disappeared and doctors took a better look.
Chris Forsberg: Isaiah Thomas on hip: "[Surgery is] not the No. 1 option right now but it could be once the swelling goes down."Must wait for more tests. pic.twitter.com/oEFGGfG3zA
Adam Himmelsbach: Stevens says Isaiah will be at the game. No update on surgery possibility. Will let inflammation go down first.
There have been rumors that if the series with Cleveland were closer, maybe that would lead to a return to the floor for Thomas. “No. No way. He’s done [this season],” Danny Ainge, Celtics president of basketball operations, said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s "Toucher & Rich" show this morning.
Thomas was in New York City earlier this week visiting a hip specialist. He's expected to consult with at least two more before making a decision as to what's the best course of treatment. “Everybody agrees if there’s anything that needs to be done to it surgically, it helps...if the inflammation goes down,” Ainge said. “The recovery [time] would be quicker.”
Ainge said there was “a lot” of irritation and inflammation around the affected joint in Thomas' right hip. “It had gotten worse from the MRIs he had before,” said Ainge, who added that it would have been “irresponsible to allow him to play anymore.”
A. Sherrod Blakely: Isaiah Thomas (hip) met with specialist, plans to meet with at least two more according to @Celtics HC Brad Stevens. #Celticstalk
Jay King: Marcus Smart said Isaiah Thomas was "ecstatic" after Game 3: "I told him I channeled my inner IT." youtu.be/uK_47kRyQj4
Adam Himmelsbach: Isaiah missed March games against the Nets and 76ers with the hip strain, but had not sat since then.
Mike Zarren: Can't say enough about #thelittleguy @Isaiah_Thomas - last month one of the guttiest performances (thru all sorts o' stuff) I've ever seen.
The Boston Celtics today announced that Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of this year’s postseason following re-aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland.
Thomas initially injured the hip during the third quarter of the Celtics’ March 15 game against Minnesota, forcing him to miss the next two regular season contests. The injury was further aggravated during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Washington on May 12.
Thomas did not travel with the team to Cleveland and is currently evaluating treatment options. A further update will be provided as soon as one is available.
Danny Ainge: Legendary season by @Isaiah Thomas 💪🏼With the personal tragedy and injuries he's overcome, getting through game 7 was heroic #thelittleguy
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas was pretty despondent not to be able to play. He's a tough guy.
Chris Forsberg: Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is out the remainder of the night due to a right hip strain, per Celtics PR.
Jeff Zillgitt: Celtics release statement saying Isaiah Thomas does not have fractured or broken jaw. He did need extensive oral surgery to repair teeth.
Mark Murphy: Danny Ainge: "Isaiah does not have a broken jaw." Said IT had temporary bridge repaired last night. Will need permanent bridge after season.
"The tooth that was knocked out was not the only one that was affected. So he had some other issues there," said Stevens. "So he was in getting oral surgery [Monday]. A few hours after practice ended, he came by the office for a minute, but was still - I don't know if he went back to the dentist's today or went to the hospital today just to work on it some more, but he's continued to have some work on it. "He's good to go [in Game 2] but he's still in a pretty good deal of pain. He's got a swollen mouth. But they say that he's doing really well from a recovery standpoint, which is positive."
Stevens said Thomas was fitted for custom mouthguards for additional protection so soon after undergoing oral surgery. "That will be strongly encouraged," said Stevens. "And sometimes when guys are strongly encouraged to wear those, they wear them. And sometimes they throw them. So we'll see."
Marc D'Amico: Isaiah Thomas did not practice today. "He's still in the dentist's chair," says Brad Stevens.
Sean Deveney: Otto Porter told me he didn't feel it when he knocked out Isaiah Thomas' tooth. "I saw him smile and I was like, 'Yo, missing a tooth!'"
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.”
August 18, 2022 | 8:28 am EDT Update
After being traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Clippers last February, Powell proceeded to play three games before sustaining a left foot fracture. His recovery took weeks, which only allowed him to suit up in the team’s last four games including the Play-In tournament. The veteran admitted that it was a tough experience of not being able to have an on-court familiarization with his team in the previous campaign. “It’s kind of a tough hill to climb on, only playing for three games and then coming back for the playoffs, it’s tough,” Powell said, via David Yapkowitz of 213 Hoops. “I really didn’t get a full chance to show what I bring to the table, just a little bit of a spark there.”
Former Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter Freedom explained why the NBA is “really mad” as its hypocritical business ties to communist China are exposed Wednesday on “The Ingraham Angle.” KANTER FREEDOM: Everything the NBA does is either for money or a publicity stunt. It’s been like that for years, so I’m not really surprised. They could care less about the players, about the coaching staff and the fans as long as the league image is profitable.
Enes Kanter Freedom: And finally, they are really mad because someone finally from the inside who played 11 years in this league — [is] going out there and exposing them one by one. And that is unacceptable… What is unacceptable is how they can bow down to the biggest dictatorship out there in the world. So that hurt my heart. I was like, “You know what? Enough is enough. Someone has to call out this hypocrisy.” And I did it.
Vanessa Bryant’s ongoing civil trial against Los Angeles County has gotten so gory and gruesome at times that Bryant felt compelled to stay out of the courtroom during testimony three times in the first three days, including one time after she got up and left the room in distress. In one exchange, a witness described “pieces of flesh hanging from trees.”
“Didn’t it open (the victim’s) brain cavity?” the attorney asked. “Yes,” said the witness. “The cavity was opened, and the cavity that contains the brain was exposed.” “And the brain tissue was vacated, correct?” the attorney asked. “Missing?” “Correct,” the witness replied in front of a federal jury of five men and four women.
August 18, 2022 | 2:54 am EDT Update
The Lakers remain active in trade talks and would part with their 2027 and 2029 first-round picks in the right deal, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said in an appearance on Sports Center (video link). Those picks “have a lot of value in the marketplace” if they’re unprotected, Wojnarowski states. He adds that L.A. would be willing to give them up in a trade for Kyrie Irving, but the Nets haven’t been interested.
Those around the team were confident that James signing an extension was likely, considering how much he’s enjoyed playing for the Lakers and living in Los Angeles. The primary complication in James’ decision was that he has been privately adamant that the Lakers still need to improve the current roster and trade for superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, league sources have told The Athletic.