Isaiah Thomas on playing with missing tooth: 'Pain is temporary'

Isaiah Thomas on playing with missing tooth: 'Pain is temporary'

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics had pulled one of the greatest playoff comebacks in franchise history on Sunday, rallying from a 17-point deficit to defeat Washington 123-11 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup.
 
But after the game, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was in no mood to smile.
 
That’s what happens when you get one of your front teeth knocked out, right?
 
“He looks a little tougher,” quipped Avery Bradley. “I like it.”
 
Thomas took an elbow from Otto Porter Jr. in the first half that knocked one of Thomas’ front teeth out.
 
“I’ve taken a thousand hits like that and my tooth never came out,” Thomas said. “Pain is temporary. We’ll worry about it when the time comes.”
 
But it didn’t knock Thomas or the Celtics off stride as they pulled away in the second half for a solid victory to start what many anticipate will be a long, physical playoff series that won’t end anytime soon.
 
Missing tooth and all, Thomas still wound up with a game-high 33 points on 11-for-23 shooting with nine assists to just two turnovers.
 
As for the tooth … “It just bothers me to talk,” said Thomas who told Bradley he was getting the tooth fixed tonight. “My tongue goes right through my tooth. I’ve never had dental problems so this is new. I’ve always had teammates that I’ve always clowned them about their teeth being out and now I’m one of them.”
Yes, an emergency trip to the dentist is definitely in order for Thomas.
 
When it became clear that Thomas’ tooth wasn’t going to be an issue with him continuing to play, it wasn’t too long before everyone seemingly had jokes about Thomas’ missing tooth – including Stevens.
 
“He and my seven-year-old daughter just gave each other the open tooth smile,” Stevens said and then added jokingly, “And he made both threes right after it fell out. So, maybe that tooth was holding him back a little. But, no, I feel bad for him because he’s going to have to have some pretty significant dental work.”
 
Said Thomas: “Hopefully we can replace it as soon as possible.”

Markieff Morris could miss Game 2 after suffering ankle sprain

Markieff Morris could miss Game 2 after suffering ankle sprain

BOSTON – In what many anticipated would be a physical, grind-it-out series, the Washington Wizards may be down one starter for Game 2 on Tuesday. 

Markieff Morris suffered a sprained left ankle injury in the first half that prevented him from returning as Boston pulled away for a 123-111 Game 1 win. 

Morris, a 6-foot-10 forward who can score both from the perimeter as well as around the basket, sounds a lot more confident about his return for Game 2 than head coach Scott Brooks. 

“Oh sure. Oh yeah,” replied Morris when asked if he was playing in Game 2. “It ain’t broke. That’s what I do know.”

The injury occurred when Morris, who finished with five points and three rebounds, was fouled by Al Horford while making a 3-pointer. The replay showed that Morris landed on Horford’s foot. 

“He stepped right under my foot,” Morris said. “Not sure if it was intentional or not; probably not, but that’s what happened. Rolled it on his foot.”

Morris has a history of ankle sprains, with one of the more recent coming last November against the Miami Heat.

But to Morris’ credit, he has been a relatively healthy player this season which is evident by him playing in 76 games. 

But Wizards head coach Scott Brooks sounds as though he’s preparing for Game 2 with a real chance that Morris won’t be able to play. 

“I watched the video. It didn’t look good, but I don’t have an answer yet,” Morris said. “It definitely changes things but, we have to next man up. It was tough losing him but that’s part of it. You have to move on and find ways to compete.”

John Wall (20 points, 16 assists) and Bradley Beal (27 points) deservedly garner most of the headlines, but Morris’ versatility was indeed missed by the Wizards in Game 1. 

“We lose a lot of aggression and a guy that can space the floor for us, a guy that can take the pressure off me and Brad (Beal) at times,” Wall said. “But as we said, when someone goes down it’s next man up.”

During the first round of the playoffs against Atlanta, Morris was the number 3 scorer for the Wizards with an 11.2 points per game average while averaging 28.6 minutes per game. In addition, Morris was grabbing 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game.

Marcus Smart says Isaiah Thomas is 'a warrior, one of the toughest guys'

Marcus Smart says Isaiah Thomas is 'a warrior, one of the toughest guys'

Marcus Smart talks with Abby Chin after the win about the team not giving up when down and how Isaiah Thomas is one of the toughest guys