Celtics' Thomas out for rest of playoffs with hip injury

  • Celtics' Thomas out for rest of playoffs with hip injury

Celtics' Thomas out for rest of playoffs with hip injury

I think it was about the five minute mark into the second quarter when I realized what was going on, the Cavs lead had already ballooned to 25-plus when I looked over to my friend (who is not a Cavaliers or Celtics fan) watching the game with me. With Friday's performances of James, Irving and Kevin Love, the Cavs' third consecutive series sweep looks imminent. Actually, from now on a bunch of kids at prom reacting to their favorite song coming on will now be described as "looking as happy and carefree as the Cavaliers after a half in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics".

The records also tumbled for the Celtics with the crushing loss the franchise's worst ever home playoff defeat.

Over is 6-0 in Cavaliers last 6 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.

"He's had a nagging hip injury". So we're going to focus on us, we're going to figure out ways to play better and we're going to go after it on Sunday.

That game was an example of Thomas battling through the pain he was suffering as the Celtics would end up clinching the series in seven games. I'm excited about Game 3.

"He was pretty despondent not to be able to play", Boston coach Brad Stevens said Friday night. The Cavs had rendered him completely ineffective with hard traps that the Celtics haven't taken advantage of. "He's really setting the tone for us early in the games", Cavs coach Tyrone Lue told reporters. Several shots during the game caught the four-time Pro Bowler, he of the "Yo soy fiesta" line and infamous Party Ship, putting the "bro" in "brooding".

In Game 1 of a second-round series against the Wizards, Thomas lost a tooth and suffered additional dental damage while trying to defend Otto Porter Jr.

Fultz and Thomas would make a threatening backcourt partnership for the future as both could well improve each other's game. Al Horford shot 4-of-9 from the field.

"We do have some great perimeter defenders that take the challenge", LeBron James told CelticsBlog in his post-game press conference. It hurts their spirit. Bradley said. "We'll find out what kind of a team we are, seeing how we respond". Just his presence, his way to compete is contagious. I care about him off the floor. We can continue to get better. The news today was just the nail in the coffin.

That's a bit presumptuous, of course, but there are no signs Boston can contain the indomitable James, who in his 14th season may be playing better than at any time in his life. "We've got to stay together and ride the course".

Which brings me back to Fultz, who is far and away the most explosive scorer coming into the National Basketball Association next season and has been atop most draft boards for most of this season. We have a young group.

"I don't want to put that on any one guy".

Game 2 was a pummeling of epic proportions as the Cavs destroyed the Celtics 130-86.

"That's a good question". I think guys still believe. There's no magic formula.

He shrugged off the idea that Cleveland might be in their head after two dominating wins.

We didn't do enough good things to even keep it close.