Celtics-Heat: A Tale of Two Welcome Parties

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Celtics-Heat: A Tale of Two Welcome Parties

This is everything you need to know about the Celtics and the Heat, wrapped up in a nice, neatly packaged, 4-minute, 17-second video.

It's all in the first impressions.

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While Boston's Big Three was introduced to the world during a modest press conference, the Heat's Big Three came complete with confetti and a stage built for rock stars.

While the Celtics knew they had to fill out their roster with productive role players, the Heat boasted they could have their 65-year-old president Pat Riley make a return to the floor and not miss a beat.

While the Celtics understood they had work to do before they could be deemed a favorite for an NBA championship, LeBron James predicted "not one, not two, not three, not four . . ."

How's that worked out for them?

Thomas strains right groin, says he'll 'be fine for Wednesday'

Thomas strains right groin, says he'll 'be fine for Wednesday'

The bumps and bruises continue to pile up for Isaiah Thomas, adding a new one to the group during Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston. 
 
The 5-foot-9 guard said he strained his right groin in the second quarter, but added that the injury won’t force him to miss any games. 

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“I’ll be alright,” Thomas told reporters after the loss. “I’ll get treatment. I’ll be fine for Wednesday (against Orlando).”
 
The injury appeared to have happened shortly after Houston’s Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead 55-45.
 
At the time it didn’t seem all that serious as Thomas, who had 20 points on the night, came down and drained a 3-pointer. 
 
But after the game, Thomas acknowledged his groin did bother him during the game in which he played 33-plus minutes. 
 
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” said Thomas, who finished with 20 points. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
 
Thomas, who played in all 82 regular season games last season in addition to each of Boston’s 21 games this season, has dealt with an assortment of injuries including but not limited to, a swollen middle finger injury on his left (shooting) hand. 
 
Thomas, an All-Star last season for the first time, has played at an elite level that should once again position him to be represent the Eastern Conference. 
 
Following Monday’s game, Thomas is averaging a career-high 26.0 points per game which ranks ninth in the NBA along with 6.1 assists.