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Daniels (sprained ankle) plans to play Friday


Daniels (sprained ankle) plans to play Friday

By JessicaCamerato

BOSTON -- Marquis Daniels left Wednesdays game against the Detroit Pistons because of a sprained left ankle, but he doesnt expect to be out for long.

He told that he plans to play on Friday against the Utah Jazz.

I just tweaked my ankle, he said. I think I landed wrong.

Daniels suffered the injury two minutes into the second quarter during the Celtics 86-82 win.

He explained that he did not return because my ankle was just sore.

Daniels, who walked with a noticeable limp after the game, will follow the team doctors orders of ice and elevation.

Daniels has appeared in all 41 of the Celtics games this season. Last season he played in just 51 games to due injuries. He has repeatedly emphasized that staying healthy is a priority for him this time around.

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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.