Boston Celtics

Stiemsma gives update on plantar fasciitis

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Stiemsma gives update on plantar fasciitis

BOSTON -- Following the Celtics win against the Miami Heat on Tuesday, Celtics center Greg Stiemsma, who did not play, was undecided on whether or not he will play on Thursday in the regular season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks. His main priority before the playoffs is resting his right foot, in which he has plantar fasciitis.

Well see on Thursday. I havent decided yet, he told CSNNE.com. I could have played tonight, but I was taking advantage of a little opportunity to get some rest.

Stiemsma has battled injuries in both feet this season. He also has a bone bruise in his right foot.

The Celtics will look to Stiemsma in the postseason to make an impact off the bench backing up Kevin Garnett. He is averaging 5.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks over his last 10 games.

With the playoffs scheduled to start this weekend, Stiemsma hopes to take advantage of any remaining time off he can find.

Rest is the only thing really thats going to help it, he said. Its going to be able to really make it feel better. Obviously we have a couple days to do it, so I want to take advantage of that with more important things yet to come.

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.