Point guard Isaiah Thomas will make his first start for Cleveland on Saturday as the Cavaliers seek a bounce-back win against the Magic in Orlando. Thomas, traded to Cleveland from the Boston Celtics prior to the season, was idle until this week as he recovered from a nagging hip injury. Thomas scored 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday and said that "for the most part" he feels fine.
BOSTON — We've reached that time of year, my friends. It's the time of year when the Cleveland Cavaliers' season starts to go off the rails a bit — as it did each of the past three campaigns. And through some combination of fans panicking, LeBron James tweeting cryptically and the front office wheeling and dealing, the Cavs made it to three straight NBA Finals. Wednesday's loss — a 102-88 stinker against the Boston Celtics — shouldn't be all that surprising. Cleveland, the oldest team in the league, was playing on the second night of a back-to-back. And the Cavaliers were playing on the road after flying in late Tuesday night. And they were playing a Celtics team that had 2? months to stew
Paul Pierce is getting his jersey retired by the Boston Celtics on February 11, but the team has another plan that same evening. As such, the team is planning a video tribute for Thomas, which Pierce has said he would rather see the team skip. The Cavaliers and the Celtics met for the first time in 2018 on Wednesday, but Thomas was not active.
The Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo is the leading vote-getter in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star voting released on Thursday. Greece's Antetokounmpo, who earned his first All-Star nod last season, received 863,416 votes to edge the Cleveland Cavaliers' four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James (856,080) by 7,336 votes for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and overall after the first 12 days of fan voting. Antetokounmpo, 23, has enjoyed a stellar start to the 2017-18 campaign.
On Wednesday night, Celtics coach Brad Stevens was seemingly pushing all the right buttons when his team pulled away for a surprisingly comfortable 102-88 win over Cleveland. For example, Stevens felt he needed more skilled talent with his first group so he put Marcus Morris in the lineup which slid Al Horford over to center to better match up against Kevin Love. Theis only played five minutes, but managed to knock down a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points.
Isaiah Thomas deflects something else meant for Paul Pierce. When Isaiah Thomas asked the Boston Celtics not to play a video tribute to him on Wednesday, so he could be in uniform for the Cleveland Cavaliers with his family in attendance at TD Garden on Feb. 11 when his former team honors his two-plus years of All-Star service, he came under fire from fans for trying to steal Paul Pierce’s spotlight, since the C’s legend will have his number retired the same night. Thomas assured everyone that wasn’t his intention during a pregame interview at the Garden on Wednesday night, when he was resting his right hip after making his season debut the night before.
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Isaiah Thomas will be piggybacking off the Celtics’ tribute to Paul Pierce next month and Pierce isn’t too happy. The Celtics had intended to honor their former point guard when the Cavs came to town on Wednesday but Thomas, still being eased back into action after a hip injury, didn’t play in Boston in the second game of a back-to-back. Speaking Thursday afternoon on ESPN’s The Jump, Pierce said he didn’t necessarily agree with the overlap.
Uh oh. The whole Celtics-Isaiah Thomas tribute video issue isn't going away.Paul Pierce on The Jump: "I'm not saying Isaiah shouldn't get a tribute video … but on February 11, the night I get my jersey retired, I'm not sure I want to look up at the JumboTron
The Los Angeles Lakers have no incentive to tank, since their first-round pick will go to either the Philadelphia 76ers or Boston Celtics, and yet they can’t stop sinking to the bottom of the standings. A 133-96 loss to the Thunder marked their eighth straight loss and 11th in 12 games, a streak that’s dropped the Lakers from just outside the Western Conference playoff hunt to the second-worst record in the entire NBA, only one game better than the hapless Atlanta Hawks, who should want to lose. “We gave up,” Kuzma said of a game in which the Lakers were outscored by 37 over the final three quarters, via ESPN.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk.