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Isaiah thomas' injury is potentially far more serious than you know

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lihongtaolucky el 09-09-2017 a las 09:45:57

ISAIAH THOMAS YELLED out, and O. J. Howard Womens Jerseythen he disappeared among the bodies. The 5-foot-9 Boston Celtics point guard had just collided in midair with Karl-Anthony Towns, one of four Minnesota Timberwolves defenders who had contested Thomas' layup early in the third quarter of their March 15 matchup. For a moment, Thomas couldn't be seen on the telecast, eclipsed by the swarm of Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Brandon Rush and Gorgui Dieng. As the layup fell wayside without a referee's whistle, Thomas tumbled to the TD Garden floor and ended up facedown, inches from the feet of a seated cameraman. Then Towns, the largest man on the court, lost his balance and collapsed onto Thomas' back, pressing the point guard's body even farther into the hardwood. This is when it happened, according to the Celtics organization, the moment that Thomas suffered the injury that would be aggravated and reaggravated over the next few months -- and would later hang up a blockbuster trade with the rival Cavaliers. At the time, the injury didn't seem to bother Thomas, who kept playing without any hint of a limp. Then, with less than a minute left in the third quarter, Thomas walked gingerly to the sidelines and sat on the bench clutching his right knee with both hands. Immediately after the game, nothing was mentioned about a hip injury. The following afternoon, the Celtics announced on Twitter: "Isaiah Thomas will not travel this weekend to NY and Philly. He's out with a right knee bone bruise." The next day, Celtics coach Brad Stevens reiterated to reporters that Thomas had suffered a knee injury, with no mention of a hip tear. "You could see him favoring [the knee] a little bit at that time," Stevens said. "He felt OK through the rest of the game. It was really hurting and swelled up [Thursday] night, and so we're hopeful to have him back after the trip. Those bone bruises are a little bit unpredictable." After two games on the sidelines with what the team called a knee injury, Thomas returned to the court and averaged 27.8 points per game for the rest of the regular season, leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed for the first time since the 2007-08 championship campaign. What followed during Thomas' playoff run may have been one of the most emotionally and physically damaging postseasons in recent memory. The day before Game 1 of the Celtics' first-round matchup against the Chicago Bulls, Thomas learned his younger sister had died in a car accident in Washington. In Game 1 against the Washington Wizards in the conference semifinals, Thomas lost a front tooth following an inadvertent elbow from Otto Porter, requiring surgery to replace it and 

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 fix two other shifted teeth. He played through the dental wreck and scored 33 points and notched nine assists in the win. He didn't miss a game. Then, after shooting a paltry 28 percent through the first six quarters of the conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thomas sat out the second half of a Game 2 blowout loss in Boston with what the team announced as a right hip strain. Ahead of Game 3, the Celtics issued the following statement: "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." It was the first time the team had publicly acknowledged any sort of hip tear -- the team now blaming his two-game absence in March on the labral tear, not the right knee bone bruise that was the team's official diagnosis in March. While the Celtics had publicized Kelly Olynyk's and Avery Bradley's hip injuries during the playoffs, Thomas' far more serious labrum tear had not been made public until it ended his season. It was also, in retrospect, a hint that not everything about this injury was, perhaps, as it seemed. After consultation with specialists and team doctors, Thomas, who declined to comment for this story, decided not to undergo surgery on his labral tear, instead focusing on rest and rehabilitation over the summer. Then, in July, in a shocking development for longtime Celtics fans, the team parted ways with both head athletic trainer Ed Lacerte and strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo, a pair of staffers who combined had spent more than four decades with the team. Last week, an even bigger stunner: The Celtics traded Thomas to Cleveland in the summer's biggest blockbuster trade.

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