Cavs announce date for Isaiah Thomas' season debut, initial role

Arnold Nichols
January 3, 2018

Prior to this year, Thomas, who was acquired along with Ante Zizic, Jae Crowder and draft compensation from the Celtics in exchange for Kyrie Irving, had missed more than 10 games only once since his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings. Monday's practice was the final tune-up, the last step in his grueling grind."I never took the game for granted", Thomas said.

Thomas, 28, played with the Celtics from 2015-2017, when he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August.

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the plan is to institute a "20-to-22 minute restriction" on Thomas in the early stages of his return from his hip injury, although the "flow of his comeback" will determine how much time he plays moving forward. Getting in shape. Timing. They still may have not reached their ultimate goal, but there have been moments that will never be forgotten by any players or fans and will go into the new year with one of the most exciting cores in the National Basketball Association. "It's great to see him back on the court tonight".

Though the Cavs' next game after Tuesday is in Boston on Wednesday - which will be Thomas' first trip to TD Garden since he was traded - he will not face his old team. Lue will limit Thomas's minutes against a Trail Blazers team that may be without its own star point guard in Damian Lillard, through injury.

"I know it will be all love", Thomas told ESPN of his Boston return.

The Cavs are now on a three-game losing streak, so Thomas' return could not have come at a better time. They knew what they got.

That won't happen tomorrow night when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit. "I have no feel for the game right now". This will be the first game for the Cavaliers this year, and it will also be the first game for the point guard in a Cavs jersey.

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