Late in the Celtics’ win over the Heat on Monday, Isaiah Thomas fell hard on his backside after a foul from Dwyane Wade.
There was nothing excessive about Wade’s hit; Thomas was simply caught awkwardly in midair and came crashing to the floor. He finished the game at the urging of his teammates, but was in severe pain afterward, and plans to have X-rays on Tuesday.
Now the question turns to the severity of his injury. Thomas insisted that if he is able to run, he will play against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday. But he also acknowledged that the pain was severe and that he knew his body would tighten up on the long flight back to Boston. He said he plans to have X-rays Tuesday.
“Not too good right now,” he said. “Not too good.”
If he is sidelined it would be devastating for Boston, but Thomas said he is prepared to play through pain if he must.
Thomas has been incredible for the Celtics since coming over in the midseason trade from Phoenix.
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Boston has won six of its last nine games, and is eying the final playoff spot in the East, which the team currently trails by two games in the standings.