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Isaiah Thomas intends to get tooth fixed quickly, despite Celtics’ pleas

BOSTON – Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas lost a front tooth during Sunday’s Game 1 victory over the Washington Wizards and the team’s initial efforts to reinsert it were unsuccessful. That didn’t stop Thomas from scoring a game-high 33 points on 11-of-23 shooting over 38 minutes while helping the Celtics rally from a 17-point deficit for a 123-111 triumph at TD Garden. Thomas plans to have the tooth professionally reinserted moving forward after it came back out after the team repositioned it in the first half. “It just bothers me to talk. My tongue goes right through my tooth,” a lispy Thomas said at his postgame news conference. “I’ve never had dental problems so this is new. I’ve always had teammates 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.” Midway through the first quarter, Thomas was chasing Otto Porter Jr. as he received a pass while curling…

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Markieff Morris sprains left ankle in Game 1, plans to play in Game 2

BOSTON — Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris sprained his left ankle in the first half of Sunday’s Game 1 loss to the Boston Celtics and did not return but said he plans to play in Tuesday’s Game 2. Wizards coach Scott Brooks said after Boston’s 123-111 victory that he did not have an update on Morris, who will be re-evaluated on Monday, but admitted the injury did not look good. Inside the Wizards’ locker room, Morris remained adamant he’d play. “For sure,” said Morris. “Hell yeah. It ain’t broke. It’s what I do.” Morris said he wanted to come back into Sunday’s Game 1 but was held out by the team. Said Morris: “It’s a long series.” Morris rolled the ankle after he landed awkwardly on Al Horford’s foot while making a jumper with 7:18 remaining in the second quarter. Morris stayed down in front of the Washington bench as teammates circled him. He eventually got to his feet and limped to the foul line in order to take…

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Saints superfan Jarrius Robertson, 15, gets needed liver transplant

New Orleans Saints?superfan Jarrius Robertson underwent surgery Sunday to receive?a long-awaited liver transplant, his father, Jordy, tweeted. Jordy Robertson said the surgery, which he earlier estimated would take eight to 10 hours, went “great,” but the next few days following the surgery were important for his 15-year-old son. Jarrius, who signed a “contract” last year on “Good Morning America” to become an official “hype man” for the Saints, has become a larger-than-life figure around the team, handing out an award on the NFL Honors awards show with Sean Payton and Harry Connick Jr. earlier this year, among other appearances. Saints owners Tom and Gayle Benson called Jarrius on Saturday, while Payton and quarterback Drew Brees wished him well on Twitter. Athletes from other sports, such as women’s soccer player Carli Lloyd and Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard, also tweeted to support him. Robertson…

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