Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas undergoes dental work on tooth, has custom mouthguards

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas, who is in the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s Game 2 against the Washington Wizards, underwent intensive dental work.

Thomas had one of his left front teeth ejected in the first quarter of Boston’s Game 1 victory Sunday. An initial attempt to reposition the tooth by team doctors at the arena was unsuccessful, but that didn’t deter Thomas from scoring a game-high 33 points as Boston rallied from a 17-point deficit to win.

Thomas missed practice on Monday while undergoing oral surgery, and Stevens said he believes the All-Star point guard had to undergo more work before Tuesday’s game, in part because the damage was more than just the lost tooth.

“The tooth that was knocked out was not the only one that was affected. So he had some other issues there,” Stevens said. “So he was in getting oral surgery [Monday]. A few hours after practice ended, he came by the office for a minute, but was still … I don’t know if he went back to the dentist’s today or went to the hospital today just to work on it some more, but he’s continued to have some work on it.

“He’s good to go [in Game 2], but he’s still in a pretty good deal of pain. He’s got a swollen mouth. But they say that he’s doing really well from a recovery standpoint, which is positive.”

Stevens said Thomas was fitted for custom mouthguards for additional protection so soon after oral surgery.

“That will be strongly encouraged,” Stevens said. “And sometimes when guys are strongly encouraged to wear those, they wear them. And sometimes they throw them. So we’ll see.”

Thomas, playing on what would have been the 23rd birthday of his late sister Chyna, was seen interacting with his son, Jaiden, before Tuesday’s game. That included engaging in a lighthearted news conference before Stevens and Wizards coach Scott Brooks took to the podium for their pregame sessions.

Isaiah Thomas (knee) back in starting lineup for game vs. Wizards

BOSTON — Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas is back in the starting lineup for Monday’s clash with the Washington Wizards after missing the past two games with a right knee bone bruise.

“[Thomas is] feeling a lot better,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “I think all the treatment over the weekend, which he had a ton of, was all positive and so he’s good to go.”

The Thomas-less Celtics went 1-1 on their brief two-game road trip, struggling to put Brooklyn away on Friday night and then watching the Philadelphia 76ers rally from a double-digit second-half deficit on Sunday.

“I’m all right. I won’t be 100 [percent], but I’m good enough,” said Thomas. “I worked out a little bit [Sunday]. I didn’t feel that much pain, but I’ll be good. If I’m able to play, it’s because I’m able to somewhat be myself. I’m not going to play if I’m going to hurt the team.

“I can’t sit this one out. I know what’s at stake, I know it’s a big game for us. I did a lot of treatment in order to be able to play tonight. I was making sure I was in that training room and getting right.”

Stevens said he did not expect Thomas to be on any sort of a minutes restriction. Thomas engaged in the team’s light pregame walk-through and Stevens noted, “I have no idea how that translates to playing in a stance or running up and down the floor. But I’ve been told he’s fine.”

The Celtics are 2-4 in the games that Thomas has missed this season and average 100.8 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent when he’s not available. Boston is 42-22 with Thomas in the lineup and averages 108 points on 45.5 percent shooting.

Boston is 21-7 when it has its preferred starting five of Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford, and Amir Johnson together. That five will start Monday’s game.

The Celtics entered Monday’s tilt with a 1.5-game lead on the Wizards in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Stevens isn’t worried about jockeying for position as much as he is having his full team together.

“I think it’s about playing good basketball,” said Stevens. “That stuff sorts itself out. Obviously, you want to be as good of a seed as you can. I think that there’s no question about that. But, again, I’d like to have some healthy games here to play some good basketball and see if we can figure ourselves out as we head into the next month-plus.”