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Thomas is in lineup after missing 2 games with knee injury

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 15: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics warms up before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 15, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 15: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics warms up before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 15, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is back in the starting lineup Monday after missing the past two games with a bruised right knee.

Boston coach Brad Stevens made the announcement before his team's matchup against Washington. He said there was no limit on his minutes.

Thomas is the team's second-leading scorer at 29.2 points per game.

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