Isaiah Thomas (knee) back in starting lineup for game vs. Wizards

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Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas (knee) will play Monday versus the Washington Wizards.

The Thomas-less Celtics went 1-1 on their brief two-game road trip, struggling to put Brooklyn away on Friday night and then watching the Philadelphia 76ers rally from a double-digit second-half deficit on Sunday. Per Scott Souza of the Providence Journal, Thomas is not expected to face any sort of minutes restriction.

Thomas is also the team's go-to offensive playmaker because of his ability to score along with getting his teammates involved, as evident to hiss 6.0 assists per game stat. Thomas is now the centerpiece of the Celtics and the team is riding on his leadership on any given night.

More fouls were issued on both ends of the floor, with Marcus Smart of the Celtics picking up the team's fourth technical. Just trying to get it back as strong as I possibly can. "They're a physical team".

The Celtics held a comfortable lead at the break, but they didn't get complacent. The Celtics have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games and are 23-9 at the TD Garden this season.

The Washington Wizards had a five game West Coast road trip which many people thought would be hard for them, but the Wizards were able to come out with a 4-1. However, Boston came alive soon after and went on several big runs to head into halftime with a 58-47 lead. Wall came up limping after a driving, spinning basket in the third quarter, but stayed in the game.

A First Team All-NBA Defensive Team member last season, Bradley continues to prove that there's more to his game than just locking up players defensively. The doors are about 15 feet apart with a black curtain in the middle.

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The Wizards have been struggling defensively even when they were in a five game win streak but their offense was very good, so they won those games.

"It was a question for other people", Thomas said with a smile.

"Avery, obviously, is a leader in that (playing great defense)", Stevens said.

Standout play from the starting linuep, who saw extra minutes in this all-important contest, allowed Boston to overcome the Wizards' attempt to move up the standings.

Wizards: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Although this was the fourth and final regular season meeting between these two, Bradley had missed the two previous games due to an Achilles injury.

With a laugh after Boston's 110-102 win, Thomas showed his appreciation for the suggestion he could have dunked the ball if he were fully healthy.

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