Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas was held out for the second half of Friday night’s Game 2 matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a sore right hip.
But following the game, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told The Vertical that Thomas had undergone tests on the hip following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and that there were doubts that he would be able to play in the eventual Game 7. Although Thomas played in Game 1 and attempted to again on Friday, the hip injury is considered significant.
In the 18 minutes of action he saw in Game 2, Thomas scored just two points, coming from the free-throw line. He failed to make a shot from the field, adding six assists, as Boston got behind at halftime with a 41-point deficit, the largest in NBA playoff history. By the time the game was over, Cleveland had won 130-86, and taken a commanding 2-0 series lead.
The two points he scored on Friday serve as his lowest total of the season of any game he has appeared in.
Before the 2017 playoffs even began, Thomas had to deal with the loss of his younger sister, who died in a car accident just before the postseason. He has gone on to not miss a game during the postseason, having averaged 23 points in the opening-round series against the Chicago Bulls, before averaging 27.4 points per game against the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The series now shifts back to Cleveland, where the Celtics will need to quickly rebound if they are to have a chance at the series returning to Boston.