Isaiah Thomas returned to action Wednesday night against the Miami Heat and did not appear to be himself. He only managed to score four points on 2-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes of action, all while showing the lingering effects of a painful back bruise that forced him to miss the past eight games.
Thomas sat out those contests due to a hard fall he took back on March 9, in a game against the Heat. Upon driving the lane, Thomas was fouled by Heat star guard Dwyane Wade, who stood over the 5-foot-8 guard after the play ended.
Some Celtics fans took issue with the hard nature of Wade’s foul, especially given his lengthy track record of dirty plays.
Upon being asked about his impressions of the play two weeks after the fact, Thomas did not take issue with Wade’s aggressive defense. He attempted to make a play on the ball and caught Thomas at a bad angle.
Wade’s actions after the play did catch the ire of Thomas.
“It is what it is,” Thomas said of the foul. The only thing I didn’t like was how he looked at me after. You can’t control that. He tried to block the shot, but the only thing I thought about when I watched the film was how he looked at me after.”
Thomas did not have a chance to exact any kind of revenge against Wade, as the veteran shooting guard sat out Wednesday’s contest with a knee injury. The Heat win was the final matchup of the season between the two teams.
Thomas will have to wait until next season in all likelihood to get another chance for payback, but it remains unclear just how much Thomas will be able to help his team over the remaining 11 games of the regular season.
“I’m able to play,” Thomas said. “[The back] has improved a lot from that day when it happened and the day after. It’s still going to be a process and if I was trying to be 100 percent, I probably wouldn’t play the rest of the year.”
Thomas will have a chance to play through the pain and get into a better rhythm on Friday night against the lowly New York Knicks.