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Toothless Celtics star plans quick dental work after shipping blow to face in playoffs

Isaiah Thomas still starred as his side claimed game one against the Washington Wizards.

Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas.
Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas.

BOSTON CELTICS ALL-STAR Isaiah Thomas plans to get his tooth fixed quickly after his smile was left a little worse for wear in the NBA playoffs.

Thomas fought tooth and nail to lead top seeds the Celtics to a 123-111 win over the Washington Wizards in game one of the Eastern Conference semi-finals last night.

Not only did Thomas score 33 points with nine assists, he did so without all of his teeth after taking a shot to the face.

“It just bothers me to talk. My tongue goes right through my tooth,” Thomas told reporters with a slight lisp.

“I’ve never had dental problems so this is new. I’ve always had team-mates that I’ve always clowned them about the tooth being out and now I’m one of them.

“So hopefully we can replace it as soon as possible.”

A toothless Thomas was funny to some of his Celtics team-mates after their win at TD Garden.

“I wanted him to smile a little bit more. I don’t think he cracked a smile,” Jae Crowder said. “But it showed a little bit about what he’s about. Because he’s just going to keep playing no matter what.

“He’s a fighter, man. I’m sure he’ll get it fixed, but I just wanted him to smile just to show it off a little bit.”

Elsewhere, the Utah Jazz became the last team to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Sunday’s deciding game seven went in favour of the Jazz, who beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-91 on the road in the Western Conference.

The Jazz became the first and only lower-seeded team to advance past the first round of the playoffs as Utah won their first postseason series since 2010.

Gordon Hayward led the way with a game-high 26 points with eight rebounds and three assists. Derrick Favors and George Hill added 17 points apiece in a balanced scoring effort for Utah.

Utah’s reward is a semi-final showdown with the Golden State Warriors.

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