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Ainge: Plan Is For Isaiah Thomas To Return Friday Vs. Hornets

BOSTON (CBS) -- The Celtics have been without Isaiah Thomas for the last four games, and they've lost three of those contests.

But barring any setbacks, Celtics president Danny Ainge said they'll have their leading scorer back Friday night when Boston hosts the Charlotte Hornets.

"Isaiah has looked good. He's been here in Boston and I've seen him work out the last few days. He's looked good. Unless he has any setbacks, the plan is for him to play [Friday] night," Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich on Thursday. "That's what we're hoping for."

Ainge said it's hard to tell which of their last three games Boston would have won with Thomas and his 26 points per game in the mix. But despite their 108-101 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday night, their third straight, Ainge said the team is improving.

"Our team is playing better. Last night, man, San Antonio looked awful good," said Ainge. "The two veteran guards off the bench (Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili) picked us apart. Kawhi Leonard is pretty special, and we saw that last night."

Ainge also touched on the bomb threat the Celtics plane received over the weekend, playing on Christmas day and women being smitten with Kevin McHale -- who he said looked like Herman Munster:

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