Thomas' return is welcome news for Boston considering he's averaging a career-high 29.2 points per game this season behind 46.2 percent shooting from the field and 38.3 percent from three-point range.
He is the team's go-to offensive playmaker because of his ability to score and get his teammates involved (6.0 assists per game).
It's not just his overall production, but also his timing that has been so important for the Celtics this season. According to NBA.com, Thomas is leading the league with 10.1 points per fourth quarter while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor, meaning the totals are not just the result of forced, low-percentage shots.
The Celtics get him back just in time for the final 12 contests leading into the playoffs. They are 2.5 games behind the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and 1.5 games ahead of the Wizards.
Wednesday's game against Washington and an April 5 tilt against Cleveland stand out, so Boston will need Thomas to be his usual self as it battles for critical postseason positioning.