When Erik Spoelstra credited the Celtics with having "championship DNA" after Game 5, it led many to do some serious head scratching. Why would he compliment his opponent when the Heat are on the verge of elimination?
"I think Erik is in a really really tough spot," said Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely. "He's got a team that is expected to move on and win a championship year in and year out, and they haven't done it yet. And right now they're on the cusp of being eliminated again. To give the Celtics that kind of props at this point is a bad idea."
Brian Scalabrine thinks Spoelstra -- or, more accurately, Spoelstra's boss -- could be trying to motivate his team.
"One thing that could be happening here," Scalabrine said, "is I think it could be Pat Riley telling him to say that to challenge his guys."
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.