Isaiah Thomas feels the Celtics ‘could have won’ the Eastern Conference Finals if he stayed healthy

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Isaiah Thomas looks to pass the ball as Iman Shumpert defends during the first half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. –AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File

On Thursday, former Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas dropped the first installment of Book of Isaiah II — a documentary series chronicling his life as he transitions to playing for the Cavaliers.

In the first chapter, titled “Hindsight,” Thomas reflects on the final moments of his tenure in Boston. He recounts the team’s playoff run, which ended in the conference finals against Cleveland, as one of the more memorable highlights of his career.

“Being in the Eastern Conference Finals, it was everything,” he says in the video.

However, Thomas battled a number of challenges throughout the postseason, including the sudden death of his younger sister and an ongoing hip injury. While he elected not to comment on the loss of his loved one, he elaborated on his hip’s condition and claimed that the Celtics could have advanced to the NBA finals had he stayed healthy:

The injury happened back in March. I went in for a layup in the third quarter, and Karl Anthony Towns had fell on me. It jerked my leg a little in an awkward position. So from March to May, I played through it and obviously I made it worse.

In the playoffs, my hip started feeling a little different, like a little discomfort. And I played until I literally couldn’t run anymore. I just wish I was able to be healthy and be able to give more because I felt like we could have won that series.

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