Isaiah Thomas’ health will be the Boston Celtics top concern this season
By Joe Scirto
The Boston Celtics have made an abundance of moves this offseason through trades, the draft, and free agency, but the health of Isaiah Thomas‘ hip will ultimately determine the Celtics chances against the Cleveland Cavaliers when the 2018 playoffs roll around.
During Game 2 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas aggravated a right hip injury he originally sustained in March of the regular season. An injury that forced him to miss the rest of the series, erasing any hope the Celtics had of upsetting a heavily favored, LeBron James led, Cavaliers team.
Thomas’ injury has since drawn comparisons to the one suffered by former Syracuse Orange and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jonny Flynn. Both Thomas and Flynn are of similar stature, shorter players with exceptional athletic ability. Flynn’s injury required surgery and soon ended his professional basketball career. Although doctors have determined that Thomas does not currently need surgery, at only 5’9, his hips and lower body are essential to the deadly hesitation moves he combines with elite quickness and ball handling to make up for a lack of height. A lingering hip injury could potentially be devastating to his overall game.