Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas: The hip is great, expects to be ready by camp

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says the injured hip that sidelined in the playoffs has responded to rest and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp, the Boston Herald reported.

Thomas, 28, aggravated an earlier right-hip injury, forcing him out of the Eastern Conference Finals in May, but, he says, he recently has gotten back in the gym.

The matchup will allow UK fans to get an up-close look at one of the NBA’s most exciting young teams in the Sixers featuring Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz and a Boston squad led by Isaiah Thomas that finished the 2016-17 regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

It will be the second game in England for each team, but both previous trips came during the preseason. This will be the eighth NBA regular-season game in London overall.

I am delighted the NBA continues to bring the world’s best basketball to our great city in what has now become a well-established and eagerly anticipated event on London’s sporting calendar, London Mayor Shadiq Khan said in a release. I know Londoners will be thrilled to see the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics up close at our world-famous O2. I am determined to make sure London remains the sporting capital of the world, and a key part of that is bringing major sports events here.

There have been questions because Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists last season, followed the recommendation of specialists, among others, and opted not to have surgery for what the Herald described as a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear.

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