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Isaiah Thomas says he shouldn't have played in playoffs, might never talk to Danny Ainge

Rob Bradford
October 11, 2017 - 9:04 am

Isaiah Thomas played in 15 games during the Celtics' postseason run last season. He now says he shouldn't in uniform for any of them.

The former Celtics guard, whose season ended after exiting Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals due to his ailing hip, told Sports Illustrated that he did further damage to his injury by participating in Boston's postseason run.

"No doubt about it, I should have sat out the playoffs," Thomas said. "No way around it, I made it worse."

Thomas told SI that he thought he would be undergoing surgery almost immediately after ending his season. But renowned hip specialist Bryan Kelly, who consulted on the hip injuries of Mike Lowell and Tim Thomas, advised the guard to rest the hip for six weeks before coming back for another MRI. It was ultimately determined a procedure wasn't needed, an approach signed off on by both the Celtics and Cavaliers, who ultimately dealt for the All-Star.

Thomas, who won't be ready to return for the start of the season, goes on to say in the article that he has no hard feelings, with one possible exception.

"Boston is going to be all love," Thomas told SI. “I might not ever talk to Danny [Ainge] again. That might not happen. I’ll talk to everybody else. But what he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that, bro. That’s not right. I’m not saying eff you. But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says, ‘We made a mistake.’ That’s what they’ll say, too."

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