It was nice to see Thomas smile on Sunday. Even if his photogenic smile was altered by a missing tooth, it was a comforting sight.
After attending the funeral of his sister and arriving back in Boston at 4 in the morning, many expected Thomas to show up in Game 1 against the Wizards in a similar state like he was was in Game 1 of the Bulls. And for the first half of the first quarter, Thomas and the Celtics struggled and found themselves down 16-0. Then Otto Porter sparked Thomas and the Celtics by knocking a tooth out of Thomas’ mouth while knocking down a jumper. Thomas picked up the tooth, smiles about it, then picked his team up by knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers. The Celtics then outscored the Wizards by nine in the second quarter, 20 in the third and finished the game with a 123-111 victory.
“There are no excuses.” Said Thomas, who finished with a game-high 33 points on 11 of 23 shooting to go with nine assists and two turnovers. “I decided to play and then I just tried to give it all for my team and we came out with the win.”
As for the tooth?
“Well, it does bother me to talk,” Thomas said. “My tongue goes right through my tooth. I’ve never had dental problems, so this is new. I’ve always had teammates that I’ve clowned with about their teeth being out, and now I’m one of them. So. hopefully, we can replace it as soon as possible.”