Point guard Isaiah Thomas missed practice Monday so he could undergo significant dental work after having a tooth knocked out in the Celtics’ Game 1 win over the Wizards in the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday.
With 6 minutes 33 seconds left in the first quarter, Thomas tried to break up a pass to Washington’s Otto Porter when Porter inadvertently elbowed Thomas in the mouth, knocking out a front top tooth.
Thomas picked up the tooth off the floor and gave it to members of the team’s medical staff, and they unsuccessfully tried to reinsert it later in the game.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he was hopeful Thomas would be able to stop by the team’s training facility later Monday for a brief primer on what the team had gone over at practice. Stevens said that Thomas will play in Game 2 on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
The Celtics held a 95-82 lead at the start of the fourth quarter on Sunday before Washington whittled it away, eventually pulling within 101-98 on a Bojan Bogdanovic 3-pointer.
Celtics guard Marcus Smart, for one, was so disgusted by his own play that he said he removed himself from the game in the fourth quarter. In 4:12 in the final quarter, Smart missed his only shot, committed three fouls, and had two turnovers.
He actually left the game twice, the final time coming with 7:08 left.
“Some people probably think it was a little selfish of me,” Smart said. “They’d think I was really mad at myself. But it really wasn’t . . . I just felt like at that time for me and my team I wasn’t really doing anything to help.”
The Clippers’ Game 7 loss Sunday to the Jazz marked the end of former Celtics great Paul Pierce’s career. Stevens never coached Pierce in Boston, but he said it was easy to become an admirer.
“His legacy is incredible with all that he was able to accomplish in all those years,” Stevens said. “Obviously the championship being the highlight of it. What he’s done and the way that people around here speak about him, it speaks for itself.
“I don’t know him very well, I’ve only talked to him maybe twice in my life and that was just in passing. But I feel like I know him really well because of the way people talk about him around here.”
Horford meant no harm
In the second quarter of Game 1, Wizards forward Markieff Morris suffered a sprained ankle when he fired a jump shot and landed on Al Horford’s foot. Horford was whistled for a foul on the play, but the Celtics big man insists he had not intentionally tried to hurt Morris. “I understand he’s frustrated,” Horford said. “One of my strengths is defense and challenging shots. It’s a tough break and I really feel bad for him. You don’t want anyone to get hurt. He’s a great player and I hope he’ll be ready to play.” . . . Celtics draft pick Guerschon Yabusele took part in an individual workout at the team’s training facility following Monday’s practice.