Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas spent half the day on Monday undergoing surgery to replant his tooth he lost in game 1. The residuals of this surgery carried over into the next day as he woke up with severe pain and a very swollen mouth. It even got to the point where he had to go back to the doctors to get extra medication to relieve the pain.
To make things even more complicated, Tuesday was the birthday of his late sister Chyna who was killed in a car accident on April 15th right before the NBA playoffs start.
There was an influx of pain, both physical and emotional, that met Thomas Tuesday morning to say the least.
“I just didn’t have the energy,” Thomas said. “But once I got around the guys and got to the arena, I felt like I could go, and I told them I could. There was no way I couldn’t play on her birthday. I wanted to win for her and I wanted to play well for her.”
Fortunately for the Celtics, this did not affect Thomas at all.
The Celtics played from behind for the majority of the game and were able to bring home the win 129-119 in overtime. Thomas finished with 53 points and 4 assists.
John Wall led the way for the Wizards finishing with 40 points and 13 assists. This marks the first time two opposing players netted 40 or more points since LeBron James and Paul Pierce did so in the 2008 playoffs.
The Celtics took a commanding 2-0 series victory with this win last night. The series will resume as the Wizards protect their home court tomorrow at 8 p.m. on ESPN.