Isaiah Thomas Reportedly Playing With a Broken Jaw


You can question a bunch of players’ toughness in the NBA, but not Isaiah Thomas.

During Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Boston Celtics guard had his tooth knocked out against the Washington Wizards. According to a report out of BostonIsaiah Thomas is actually playing through a fractured jaw.


However, head coach Brad Stevens stated he hadn’t head anything about a broken jaw:

“He fractured his jaw. That’s what happened,” [WEEI’s Glenn] 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.”

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.”

Despite a Game 3 loss on Thursday, the Boston Celtics are still up 2-1 in the 2nd round.

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