Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas will sit out for the next two games against the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers due to a right knee bone bruise, according to the team. Thomas will not travel with the team for Friday and Sunday’s games, instead hoping to rejoin the Celtics for Monday’s Eastern Conference showdown with rival Washington Wizards, who sit a game-and-a-half behind Boston in the playoff race.
While there isn’t ever a good time to get hurt, this would probably be a timely one. The Nets and the Sixers are two of the worst five teams in the league and aren’t likely to trouble a second-seeded Celtics team despite Thomas’ absence.
The 5-foot-9 dynamo has only missed four games this season, as Boston beat the Orlando Magic by 30, then lost the other three games without him: vs. Raptors, at Thunder, at Spurs. He is averaging a league second-best 29.2 points per game along with 6.0 assists, and 2.6 rebounds this season.
While this is a relative break regarding news of his injury, the Celtics would want to take these next two games by the horns, as they can hope to snatch the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ No. 1 seed, playing nine of their next 14 games at the TD Garden.