Wizards' Isaiah Thomas Expected to Miss 6-8 Weeks for Thumb Surgery Recovery

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2019

FILE - In this Monday, Fb. 11, 2019, file photo, Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Denver. Thomas, who has been sidelined since last season, may take the court Wednesday, Feb. 13, for the first time in a Nuggets uniform. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas will miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his thumb, the team announced Wednesday.

"This was an unfortunate setback for Isaiah, but with his resolve and the top care he will receive from our medical team, we expect him to make a full recovery," general manager Tommy Sheppard said. "In the meantime, he will continue to mentor our young guards and have a positive impact on the team as we start training camp."

The Athletic's Fred Katz reported Thomas injured the thumb Monday while playing a pickup game. He added the timing of the guard's recovery could allow him to enjoy a reunion with the Boston Celtics on Nov. 13.

Any physical setback for Thomas is worrisome considering the hip injury he suffered while playing for the Celtics. Boston shut him down in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, and he required surgery and struggled to replicate past numbers during the 2017-18 campaign as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.

The two-time All-Star averaged 15.2 points and 4.8 assists per game while shooting 37.3 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from deep that season after posting 28.9 points and 5.9 assists a night while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from three-point range the prior campaign in Boston.

He wasn't much of a factor on the Denver Nuggets last season either and posted 8.1 points and 1.9 assists per game in just 12 contests after sitting out into February as he recovered from hip surgery.

Washington added Thomas for point guard depth considering John Wall has injury concerns of his own. Now, the team will be without him when it opens the regular season Oct. 23 against the Dallas Mavericks.

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