Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas confirmed Tuesday that he won't be traveling with the team on its upcoming road trip and said he remains unable to engage in even basic basketball activities because of swelling near his tailbone.
A day after Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Thomas will likely be sidelined until at least Sunday's game against the Detroit Pistons, Thomas admitted there's been little progress in his recovery.
"I can’t really do any activity right now, but I’m just trying to get back," Thomas said during a call to Boston sports radio WEEI. "[Trying to] get healthy enough so we can have a good stretch at the end of this year."
Thomas, who suffered bruising after landing hard on his backside during a drive to the basket last Monday in Miami, said the swelling has gotten a "little better." He noted the team's success -- four straight wins in his absence -- has made it easier to stomach being on the sideline.
"The team is playing very well and I know that, when I do get out there, I can help as well," Thomas said. "I’m just glad that they are in every game and they are just fighting so hard and getting the wins. Everybody is chipping in and playing their best right now."
Thomas was asked if it's hard to miss games against quality Western Conference teams like the Thunder and Spurs.
"It is. But at the same time I have to do what’s best for myself," he said. "I gotta do what’s best for myself and try to get as healthy as possible. All the best players want to go against the best players. So I’m upset I gotta miss this, but it’s for the sake of my health, and I gotta get healthy."
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