Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has been ruled out for the remainder of Friday night’s Game 2 matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals with a right hip strain. During the first half, Thomas and the Celtics fell behind by an NBA playoff-record 41 points at halftime, trailing 72-31.
Celtics say Isaiah Thomas is out for the game due to a right hip strain.
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The first half was a less-than-pleasant 18 minutes for Thomas, who shot 0-for-6 from the field overall, posting a minus-31 rating during his time on the court. He added six assists and three rebounds, but knocked down just two free throws for his only points of the game.
The performance is the second consecutive matchup against the Cavs in which Thomas has struggled: He shot 7-for-19 from the field in Game 1, including 2-for-7 from 3-point range. But he finished with 17 points and 10 assists, posting his second consecutive double-double and his second one of the 2017 postseason.
Thomas got better as the playoffs went on, averaging 23 points and 5.7 assists during the team’s first-round matchup against the Chicago Bulls. Those numbers spiked in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Washington Wizards as he averaged 27.4 points and 7.1 assists en route to a seven-game series victory.
During the regular season, Thomas finished third overall in the league in scoring at 28.9 points per game, behind only NBA MVP finalists Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
In his four regular-season games against the Cavaliers prior to the 2016-17 postseason, Thomas averaged 29.5 points and 6.5 assists per game, taking an average of nearly 12 free throws, but made just 1.5 3-pointers per game.