BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was spared a suspension for taking a swing at Atlanta's Dennis Schroder, remaining eligible for Game 4 of the first-round playoff series against the Hawks after getting hit Saturday with a flagrant foul instead.
Thomas scored a career-high 42 points in Boston's 111-103 victory Friday night, helping the Celtics avoid a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Sunday in Boston.
Thomas swung his arm at Schroder in the first quarter, hitting him in the side of the head. He said he spent a restless night before getting the word from Celtics president Danny Ainge on Saturday afternoon that he wouldn't be suspended.