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Barbosa return probable during C's West Coast trip


Barbosa return probable during C's West Coast trip

LOS ANGELES Leandro Barbosa, who has an excused absence from the Boston Celtics to attend to a family situation, took to social media to update his status. 
"Guys tomorrow I will return to Boston, thank God everything is good now with my family!!" Barbosa (@TheBlur_Barbosa) tweeted on Thursday.
He is expected to re-join the Celtics in time for Saturday's game against Golden State. 
Barbosa later added, "I would like to thank the entire Organization of the @Celtics in special the coach staff and directors for all support!!"
C's coach Doc Rivers confirmed earlier Thursday that Barbosa was not with the team in Los Angeles, adding that at that time he wasn't sure if the 6-foot-3 reserve guard would re-join the team for the remainder of their West Coast trip. 
"He's dealing with a tough situation," Rivers said.
Although he was one of the last players signed by the C's this season and has seen limited action, it hasn't taken the Brazilian Blur long to establish himself as a fan favorite among Celtics Nation. 
Aware of this, Barbosa had a tweet directed at just them. 
"To the fans, I'm sorry to have missed some games, I can't wait to be back and see you all!! Imaceltics"

Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery


Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not need surgery on his right hip after being hampered late in the postseason. 

Thomas originally suffered the injury March 15 against the Timberwolves and missed two games before reaggravating it in Game 6 of the second round against the Wizards. He played the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but was shut down for the final three. 

“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

The Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach wrote that the team waited for swelling to go down before determining whether surgery would be needed, and that “barring any further setbacks,” he will not. 

Thomas is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points a game. He is entering the final year of his contract. 

Morning Skate: Markov's time with Canadiens likely up


Morning Skate: Markov's time with Canadiens likely up

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while once again shaking my head reading the news headlines this morning. 


*Congrats to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Aaron Portzline, who is another esteemed hockey writer joining up with The Athletic’s Cleveland bureau


*Eric Engels says that the Habs signing Mark Streit to a short term deal means that Andrei Markov’s time in Montreal has come to a close. 


*The writers for the Pittsburgh Penguins have provided what they call “an Intimate Portrait” of Sidney Crosby from his closest boyhood friends. 


*Longtime NHL head coach Bruce Boudreau is trying something a little different out as an owner of a junior hockey team. 


*The Nashville Predators are expecting a decision to come soon on Mike Fisher as to whether or not he’s going to keep on playing in Music City. 


*Sounds like Mika Zibanejad is going to be filling a No. 1 center role for the New York Rangers after signing a big contract with the Blueshirts. 


*For something completely different: Jay Baruchel is looking to revive the Canadian superhero scene after growing up with Captain Canada and Alpha Flight.