Isaiah Thomas has now received a flagrant-1 foul for an incident with Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder, but will not be suspended for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series against the Hawks.
Thomas and Schroder were hit with double technical fouls. As they were going down court before the verbal exchange, Thomas could be seen throwing his left hand at Schroder’s face before the verbal incident.
Thomas, who scored 42 points to help the Celtics cut the Hawks’ lead in the series to 2-1, said after the game that he wasn’t worried about a potential suspension or fine.
“I’m not,” Thomas said. “Because I didn’t mean to hit his head. He got mad. He was talking. It’s playoff basketball. That’s what it’s about. I’m not going to back down from anybody, and he knows that.”(NBA)
Thomas hit 12 of 24 shots, including 5 of 12 from beyond the 3-point line, and made 13 of 15 free throws. Schroder, who came in as a game-time decision with a sore ankle, scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting.
Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined $5,000 for a flopping violation in the second half of Game 3.