Isaiah Thomas is apparently playing through more than anyone first thought.
According to WEEI’s Glenn Ordway, Thomas is playing with a fractured jaw suffered in Game 1 when he got one of his front teeth knocked out by an inadvertent elbow from the Wizards’ Otto Porter.
He missed practice the next day to get dental work, and even spent several hours getting more work done on Tuesday, the day of Game 2, but then scored 53 points that night in the overtime win.
“He fractured his jaw. That’s what happened,” Ordway said Friday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria. “The elbow hit his jaw and then what ended up happening is that tooth had no support system off the bone and the complete tooth came out. It was fractured deep inside and it popped out and he had two others that apparently were displaced.
“This is not a cosmetic thing. This is not, ‘Oh, big deal. He looks like a hockey player. He’s lost three teeth and can go out there and look funny.’ No, he not only has pain, but he has a situation in which three teeth have been totally displaced. He has to concentrate on what he’s doing. Apparently they took him in and it was a fairly serious situation where they had to put him under and everything else.”
The Celtics lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Sunday in Washington.
[UPDATE 12:20 p.m.]: On a conference call with reporters, coach Brad Stevens said he hasn’t heard anything about Thomas breaking his jaw and “would have heard” if he did.
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