The Boston Celtics trailed the Cleveland Cavaliers by 41 points at halftime, the largest such deficit in NBA postseason history, only to receive worse news following intermission of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Boston's recently-minted All-NBA point guard Isaiah Thomas was ruled out for the remainder of the contest with a right hip strain, the team announced.
The injury may explain Thomas' pedestrian first half performance. The All-Star went 0-6 from the field, but did manage to dish six assists and collect three rebounds. His two points came on a pair of free throws.
Cleveland went on to win the game 130–86, the largest defeat for a No. 1 seed in NBA histroy.
The Vertical's Chris Mannix reported that Thomas underwent tests at a hospital for a sore right hip after Game 6 of conference semifinals against the Washington Wizards, and that the team feared he wouldn't be able to play in Game 7.
Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET in Cleveland.