The Cavaliers and Celtics met on Wednesday night, and that was about it. Sparks by and large refused to fly as Kyrie Irving hosted LeBron James and his former team in Boston. The Celtics cleaned up 102–88 as the Cavaliers gave lethargic effort essentially rail to rail.
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James share a moment after their first meeting since parting ways. If you thought Kyrie Irving and LeBron James weren’t going to give us the satisfaction of lobbing passive-aggressive digs at one another through the media before Wednesday night’s game between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, you are sorely mistaken, because they’re at it again. Thanks to Hall of Fame basketball writer Jackie MacMullan, who went deep behind Irving’s breakup with James and the Cavs for ESPN.com, we were treated to an exchange between the ex-teammates, delivered 650 miles and a week apart early last month, that captured their relationship perfectly.
The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to TD Garden on Wednesday night to take on the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics, in perhaps the biggest game for either team since they met on October 17, opening night. Isaiah Thomas, though, won’t be suiting up against the team he left in the summer. Thomas played 19 minutes on his comeback, and Cavaliers debut, against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
Damian Lillard outdueled Isaiah Thomas in a battle of returning All-Star guards on Tuesday night, but Thomas’ team had the last laugh. Thomas scored 17 points off the bench in his season and Cavaliers debut to help host Cleveland top the Portland Trail Blazers 127-110 despite Lillard’s 25-point night. Thomas, who before the game said he was excited to show fans what they wanted to see after he missed the first 36 games of the season recovering from a hip injury, did not disappoint.
Isaiah Thomas finally played his first game with the Cleveland Cavaliers in Tuesday night's 127-110 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The former Boston Celtics' little scoring machine will not, however, play his second game with the Cavs when his new team invades TD Garden for the second meeting of the season between last year's Eastern Conference finalists. Thomas will be with the Cavs and has asked the Celtics not to give him a video tribute, a wish granted by Boston with the thought that could come in the future — like Feb. 11 when Cleveland returns on Paul Pierce jersey retirement day.
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.