As Isaiah Thomas’ phone kept buzzing, his mind continued wandering on the eve of the most anticipated comeback to this NBA season. This was the culmination of the biggest test of his career, from the moment he had started rehabilitation for a serious hip injury to the phone call he received from his old general manager notifying him that the Boston Celtics had traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas recovered from the torn labrum in his hip over seven months, bypassing surgery and putting his body through the rigors of rehab.
LeBron James dropped in 24 points and two-time all-star Isaiah Thomas made his Cleveland debut as the Cavaliers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 127-110 on Tuesday night. The Cavaliers had five players in double figures including Thomas who showed flashes of his offensive skill in a long-awaited first game with his fourth National Basketball Association team. Thomas tallied 17 points in 19 minutes of play as he embarks on a soft return to NBA action following injuries to his hip and shoulder.
Isaiah Thomas made his long-awaited return to the floor on Tuesday, and was successful on both an individual and team level. The former Celtic gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a much-needed spark off the bench, finishing with 17 points in just 19 minutes of action as the Cavs pulled away for a 127-110 win over Portland. Thomas, who has been on the mend from a hip injury suffered when he played for Boston, will not play when the Cavs take on the Celtics Wednesday night in Boston due to not playing in back-to-back games just yet.
The Cavaliers got a glimpse of what to expect from Isaiah Thomas Tuesday as their new point guard made his Cleveland debut in one of the most anticipated nights of the NBA season. Thomas, acquired in a blockbuster offseason trade that saw a disgruntled Kyrie Irving shipped to the rival Boston Celtics, was limited in action off the bench, but showed flashes of the offensive jolt the Cavs hoped for from their dynamic new point guard in a 127-110 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Isaiah Thomas made the most of his limited minutes in his Cleveland Cavaliers debut on Tuesday.
Despite the Celtics' success against the best, the latest mile-marker in their journey — the Cleveland Cavaliers — may prove to be the toughest for them to race past. The playoffs have been just as tough on Boston, with the Celtics season coming to an end at the hands of the Cavs in two of the last three seasons. "They got a guy that's probably leading the charge for MVP in LeBron [James]," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
The Celtics will play Cleveland on Wednesday night for the first time since the season opener, when top free agent Gordon Hayward sustained a gruesome leg injury
When Brad Stevens studied the video of Boston's last game against Cleveland, he skipped over a handful of plays and put the sound on mute. "I didn't want to watch the injury or what happened after it," the Celtics coach said on Tuesday, a day before his team was to play the Cavaliers for the first time since Gordon Hayward broke his leg in the season opener. Boston's top free agent acquisition last summer, Hayward went down in a heap in the first quarter of the first game and is expected to be lost for the season.
WALTHAM, Mass. – When Jae Crowder arrived in Boston, few outside of the Boston Celtics organization had heard of him. He was role player who saw limited action in Dallas, and was included as part of the compensation put on the table by the Mavericks who
The return of Isaiah Thomas may be the biggest midseason acquisition by any NBA team this winter, and that’s no small concession, considering the Cleveland Cavaliers remain among the Eastern Conference elite. LeBron James is still Cleveland’s superhero for now, but whether Thomas becomes the trusty sidekick that Kyrie Irving was for the Cavs these past few years could determine the fate of the NBA. Thomas will make his Cavaliers debut off the bench against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, playing for the first time since a hip injury ended his season prematurely for the Boston Celtics in the conference finals this past May. He will be on a minutes restriction and will sit against the East-leading C’s on Wednesday, likely because the adrenaline of a return to Boston combined with his rustiness would only add undue stress on a player Cleveland will need to make it back to the Finals.
Isaiah Thomas doesn’t plan to play against his old team when the Cavaliers visit the Celtics tomorrow. Jae Crowder on his possible TD Garden reception: "(#Celtics) fans have cheered for opposing team's players before (i.e. Gordon Hayward), I feel like they should do the same for me because I gave them a lot.