Regarding the hip injury, Stevens saw in Game 2 that Thomas' "burst" was gone.
Thomas re-aggravated a hip injury during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens on Sunday revealed the team's star point guard will visit specialists beginning Monday to determine the next course of action in his recovery from a right hip injury. "We've got guys that have chips on their shoulders. We just have to go out there and play".
The Celtics made the announcement Saturday, a day after Thomas left Game 2 at halftime. "It wasn't worth four". "We couldn't get stops".
However, that gave the Celtics just enough time to run a picture ideal play for Bradley, whose three-pointer bounced and rattled around the rim for agonizing seconds before finally splashing through.
In a postgame interview with CSNNE, the Celtics' local broadcast partner, an emotional Al Horford, typically soft-spoken in his media sessions, shouted in excitement while celebrating the win. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was an assistant in Boston and said his team reminds him of those Celtics teams with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.
James got beat on rebounds. Bradley finished with 20 points.
It was James' lowest point total in the playoffs since he scored seven for Miami in the 2014 conference finals against in, and before Boston's comeback, James was 49-0 in playoff games his team led by at last 20 points. He flew home for her funeral and then scored 53 points in a home playoff win over Washington on what would have been his sister's 23rd birthday.
Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 19 points on seven of 11 shooting. Jerebko was plus-22 in plus/minus over 12:32. "Yeah, I think they would have beaten all those teams, too", he said, drawing laughter.
"Guys just continue to stay ready. That's all I can do, all I can control".
One secret to Cleveland's success has been to take advantage of the rest during breaks between rounds but practise as if every game is a must-win situation. Bradley admitted Friday's lopsided loss left a sour taste in his mouth.
"It is embarrassing", he said.
"I had a tough game, period", he said.
The alternative would be to go back to the lineup they used to start the second half and risk Johnson being singled-out in the pick-and-roll as James or Irving attempt to get a step on him from the perimeter.
"We decided were going to go out and play hard, swinging". Cleveland has clearly put the month of March behind them, a month where they had their worst stretch of play this season. "We've been on the practice court or in the weight room training as if we were playing". We wanted to be that team.
Boston guard Avery Bradley said he was stunned the Celtics weren't able to bring more offense to the table. We knew that coming into tonight. The career 29 percent three-point shooter managed to nail seven of them on Sunday, needing only 10 attempts to do so. "It's one game, and we know this team is a very scrappy team".
"Just another chip on his shoulder, which helps us", Smith said.
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