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Celtics aren't panicking after 0-3 start

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Celtics aren't panicking after 0-3 start

NEW ORLEANS There is disappointment, some frustration and a smidgen of disbelief among the Boston Celtics, who have lost their first three games of the season - a first in the Big Three era, which began in 2007.

But there's one emotion - panic - that's not being felt right now among the Celtics or coach Doc Rivers.

"It's so early. It's three games into the season," Rivers said.

He points out how the first two games - at New York and at Miami - were against "pretty good teams."

"And this team (New Orleans) is not bad," Rivers said. "Home opener, rested, waiting for us. I'm not going to overdue this. You should never lose three in a row. We should never lose three in a row. But we have, and there's nothing we can do about it."

While the Celtics try their best to avoid making excuses for losses, it's hard to ignore that the C's opened with three teams playing their first home game of the season.

So it stands to reason that those teams came out energy levels higher than normal, which may help account for why the Celtics seemed a step slow in just about every aspect of play in all three games.

"All the teams were the aggressors initially," said Celtics guard Keyon Dooling. "We were on our heels trying to bounce back. We can't be that type of team. We have to be a hit-first team if we want to be successful."

That would help, but solving all that ails this Boston Celtics team won't be easy.

As far as finding an answer, "If I knew that, I don't think we'd be in this situation, my man," said Kevin Garnett. "This is an adjustment league, and we will do just that. We have no choice."

Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

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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.