Isaiah Thomas has dealt with a lot during the Boston Celtics current playoff run, including a busted-up mouth.
The Celtics organization released the statement on Friday revealing the injuries Thomas suffered in Game 1 of the second-round playoff series.
The statement reads:
"“As a result of a collision that occurred in Game 1 of the Boston Celtics’ Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Washington Wizards, Isaiah Thomas sustained multiple front teeth injuries including a complete fractured tooth and two other subluxed/shifted teeth that required extensive oral surgery to stabilize. He did not suffer a fractured or broken jaw.”More from Chowder and Champions3 Midseason Chaim Bloom Decisions That Have Killed the 2023 Red Sox10 Patriots Who Will Be Cut by Tuesday’s Roster DeadlineMLB Screws Red Sox Fans With Broadcast for Mookie Betts Return3 Most Underpaid Celtics Heading Into the 2023 SeasonRed Sox Continue Rollercoaster Season With Massive Win"
The team’s detailed response put to rests reports that Thomas suffered a fractured jaw. Overall, the dental issues haven’t affected the All-Star point guard’s play on the court. He lead the team with 33 points in Game 1 after the injury occurred and a heroic 53 points in Game 2.
However, Thomas scored just 13 points in the disappointing loss Thursday night. Part of it was the defense the Wizards played. But, one has to wonder if the teeth injuries didn’t affect him during the first half of that game.
Impact on future games
Thomas was late returning to the floor after halftime, a situation that was also addressed by the team in the following continued statement:
"Thomas is currently wearing a four-piece temporary bridge that cracked after being re-injured. This necessitated a replacement at halftime during Game 3 of the series. The spanning bridge is necessary to protect and stabilize the injuries. Members of the Celtics medical staff anticipated the need to replace the temporary bridges, and are prepared at any time to do so. Thomas will receive a permanent bridge at a future date.”"
Although nothing has been able to slow Thomas down (except, perhaps better defense from the Wizards), it is worth watching if the injury will have an impact as the series wears on. With the aggressive play of the Wizards, Isaiah Thomas will have to guard any shots taken at his mouth.
Considering the way the Boston Celtics leading scorer drives to the hoop, incidental contact can certainly happen.