Isaiah ThomasÂ carried the Boston Celtics to victory in Game 3, and he’ll have the chance to do the same thing in Game 4.
The NBA announced Saturday it has givenÂ Thomas a flagrant-1 foul for hitting Atlanta Hawks guardÂ Dennis SchrÃ¶der in the head during Friday night’s first-round playoff game but will not suspend him for Game 4 on Sunday.
The incident between Thomas and SchrÃ¶der occurred in the first quarter of Game 3 at TD Garden, when Thomas struckÂ SchrÃ¶der in the head as he was running down the court.
Thomas, who scored a career-high 42 points in Boston’s 111-103 win, insistedÂ his hit onÂ SchrÃ¶der was unintentional. The 5-foot-9 guardÂ wasn’t called for a foul on the play, andÂ SchrÃ¶der claimed one of the referees apologized to him for missing the call.
Thomas andÂ SchrÃ¶der both were called for technical fouls on the ensuing play afterÂ SchrÃ¶der knocked Thomas to the floor while setting a screen and Thomas took offense.
The Celtics didn’t leave Game 3 completely unscathed, however. The league announced it hasÂ fined Marcus Smart $5,000 for the Celtics guard’s ridiculous flop in the fourth quarter that drew a foul on Hawks guard Kyle Korver.
Atlanta leads 2-1 in the best-of-seven first round playoff series, with Game 4 set for Sunday at 6 p.m. ET in Boston.
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