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

Posted January 03, 2018

Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Thomas will make his Cavaliers debut Tuesday night against the Trail Blazers. The Cavaliers only play in Boston one more time this season - on February 11, which will also double as Paul Pierce's jersey retirement ceremony. In his 76 games played for the Celtics during their 2016-17 campaign, Thomas turned in averages of 28.9 points on.463 shooting from the field (both career-highs), 5.9 assists, and 2.7 rebounds in 33.8 minutes per game - all while sinking.909 percent of his free-throws. The Vertical's Shams Charania is also reporting that the plan is for Thomas to play on a 20-to-22 minute restriction initially, with the "flow of his comeback" dictating how that changes after his first run of play.

"I play a lot of NBA 2K", "It's the most realistic basketball game you could ever play".

"My hip is better, but I have no rhythm", Thomas said when asked about his return. "I can wait and put on a show then".

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As hard as getting on the court has been for Thomas, though, it's what happens next that will surely prove tougher. This ain't no revenge game. "They haven't even had Isaiah yet, and we all know how special he is". They knew what they got.

The Cavaliers and Trail Blazers will face off in Cleveland at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday night on NBA TV. "But I can wait until February".

But after almost five months of waiting, Thomas will make his debut for the Cavaliers tonight against the Portland Trailblazers at Quicken Loans Arena, and he plans on rewarding the fans for their support throughout the rehabilitation process.

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Thomas averaged 28.9 points, 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds as the Celtics went 53-29 previous year.

Thomas has been rehabilitating a nagging hip injury suffered in last year's Eastern Conference Finals and has been anxious to make his return.

"It's a blessing", he told reporters. "It's been a long process for me. I do want to [play], but we're just making sure we're prepared for how my body would play the next day". Ever since I stepped foot in Cleveland, it's been all genuine love, and it's insane because I haven't played yet. "I'm happy it's here".

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