By Jessica Camerato
Doc Rivers will be back on the Celtics sidelines next season, but will there be a new assistant coach alongside him?
Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank met with the Rockets in Houston on Monday for a second round of interviews for their head coaching position, according to FOX 26 Sports. Multiple reports have noted Frank is one of three finalists for the position, along with former Celtic Kevin McHale and Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey.
Prior to joining the Celtics last season, Frank was the head coach of the New Jersey Nets for over six seasons. He has a career coaching record of 225-241 (.483).
This is not the first time a Celtics assistant coach has been in the running for a head coaching vacancy. Last summer Tom Thibodeau was hired for the head role on the Chicago Bulls. He won the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year Award.
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The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.
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