WASHINGTON -- Not long after head coach Scott Brooks revealed he had two of his players coming back from injury, the team announced starting point guard Isaiah Thomas is out for Thursday's game against the Sixers with a left calf strain.
This is a new injury for Thomas, at least publically. He has played in the Wizards' last 17 games after beginning the season rehabbing a left thumb injury.
Thomas' absence is on top of back-up shooting guard Jordan McRae having surgery on his right hand on Wednesday and puts the Wizards in a bind in terms of guard depth. Ish Smith is in Thomas' place in the starting lineup and the team called up Chris Chiozza to help fill the void. They also have rookie Justin Robinson on hand.
Given Brooks did not reveal Thomas' injury pregame, it is likely he was a gametime decision or something happened during his warm-up routine. There should be more information after Thursday's game.
Thomas, 30, is averaging 12.6 points and 5.1 assists in 24.9 minutes this season while shooting 41 percent from three.
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Isaiah Thomas a late scratch for Wizards vs. Sixers with calf injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington