Isaiah Thomas has had a remarkable breakout season for the Boston Celtics, but his season is now over. The Celtics have ruled him out for the rest of the playoffs.
The Celtics made the huge announcement, which likely erases any chance of a magical turnaround from down 0-2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, moments ago.
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.
“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.”
Thomas has had a brutal few weeks, with the tragic loss of his sister and multiple days of dental surgery earlier this month. The fact that the team made it this far, after facing serious adversity in the opening round against the Chicago Bulls is impressive, and with a No. 1 pick coming, the Celtics future looks bright. Still, this is a tough way to finish up.
With Thomas out in the ECF, and Kawhi Leonard ruled out for game three of the Western Conference Finals with the Spurs down 2-0, you can probably put Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors Round Three in permanent marker. Hopefully that series will be good, at the very least.