Celtics' Thomas out for rest of playoffs with hip injury

The Sports Xchange

Posted at May 21 2017 08:30 AM | Updated as of May 21 2017 09:29 AM

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) reacts during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game two of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs after aggravating a hip injury during Game Two of the Eastern Conference final, the team announced on Saturday.

Thomas initially injured his hip in the third quarter of a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 15, forcing the All-Star to miss the next two regular-season contests.

The 28-year-old Thomas aggravated his specific injury -- officially labeled as a right feboral-acetabular impingement with labral tear -- during Game Six of the second-round series against the Washington Wizards on May 12.

"Isaiah has worked tirelessly to manage this injury since it first occurred," said Dr. Brian McKeon, the Celtics' chief medical officer. "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."

A femoral-acetabular impingement means that the ball joint in the hip socket is not moving freely around the cup in which it resides.

Thomas did not travel with the team to Cleveland for Game Three on Sunday. The Cavaliers lead the series, 2-0.

Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points per game during the regular season, scored 19 total points in the first two games against Cleveland. Marcus Smart started for Thomas in the second half of Friday's 130-86 loss to the Cavaliers. 

(Editing by Gene Cherry)

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