Boston Celtics star returning against Washington Wizards, badly wants top-2 seed

Sixers defeat *Finals-contending Boston Celtics 105-99

Celtics allow nightmarish late-game rally in 105-99 loss to 76ers

Thomas and Morris Questionable Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics leading scorer, missed the last two games for Boston with a bone bruise in his knee and his status for tonight's game is uncertain.

Thomas said he underwent two-a-day treatments over the weekend while his teammates completed a 1-1 road trip. A loss would give Washington the season series (and potential tiebreaker), cut Boston's advantage to one-half game, and knot the two teams in the loss column. I think that there's no question about that. "I haven't heard that from the training staff, but usually a minutes restriction is as much due to an extended period of time [out] as anything else".

"Well, our walkthrough happened at about 4:45 [p.m.] and it was a WALK through so I think he looked great", Stevens said. Thomas engaged in the team's light pregame walk-through and Stevens noted, "I have no idea how that translates to playing in a stance or running up and down the floor". "That stuff sorts itself out". After coming off the bench to start the game, he was thrust into the starting unit after halftime because of knee soreness experienced by Jahlil Okafor early in the game. If I'm able to play, it's because I'm able to somewhat be myself. I think the biggest thing is if we don't play well, we'll get beat. Despite the weak competition level, they recorded an abysmal 93.6 offensive rating over the two games, according to NBA.com - a mark that would fall well shy of the 76ers' league-worst 100.4 offensive rating for the full season.

Thomas realizes the importance of the game and badly wants a top-2 seed.

The Celtics fell Sunday in Philadelphia as they blew a 10-point third quarter lead in a 105-99 loss.

Richaun Holmes played a major role in the win as well. "You show your team what you need to show them and move on, and try to get a little bit better from it". Beal torched the Celts in those two games, scoring 35 in Boston and then 31 in Washington, but he'll have his work cut out for him against one of the best perimeter defenders in the National Basketball Association tonight.

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