Wojnarowski: '5050 shot' NBA loses season

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Wojnarowski: '5050 shot' NBA loses season

The odds of the NBA missing its upcoming season equates to the flip of a coin, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

"I think there's probably right now a 5050 shot that there is no season," said Wojnarowski on Comcast Sports Net New England's Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight, adding that even a shortened season wouldn't benefit an aged Boston team. "I think it hurts the Celtics in a shortened season, because you have so many back-to-back-to-back games -- games compacted. It really hurts Boston in that scenario."

NBA owners locked out their players on July 1 upon the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. NBCSports.com's ProBasketballTalk gets to the crux of the issues between the league and players with a Q&A post.

Wojnarowski published a column on the lockout, in which he writes owners have ordered David Stern to "break these players; crush them once and for all."

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.