Isaiah Thomas doesn't miss a step in debut with Cavs

Isaiah Thomas doesn't miss a step in debut with Cavs

"The only hard feeling is Danny didn't send me no Christmas card this year".

The money line is Boston -155, meaning you would need to bet $155 on the Celtics to win $100. Despite this, he had never suited up for the team until Wednesday night, making his debut in front of the Quicken Loans Arena crowd. There was some obvious rust when he first entered on Tuesday night, but that didn't last very long.

Lillard was returning from a five-game absence caused by a right hamstring strain, but he had little trouble duplicating his past scoring dominance, reported Reuters.

"I nearly walked that way, into (the Celtics') locker room", joked Thomas, who averaged 24.7 points in three-plus seasons in Boston and was an All-NBA Second Team selection last season.

It was the first time the teams had played since the opener, when top Boston free-agent Gordon Hayward broke his leg in a gruesome injury that reshuffled the Eastern Conference playoff race. Thomas, however, doesn't contribute much on defense due to his size and his lack of effort.

"Once he hits the floor, gets banged and sees he has no damage or he's not hurting, I think that will help him get past the mental block of coming back, being out for seven months", Lue said. "But I'm more concerned about us getting better and better".

"We had some good looks, but they had a good defensive game plan and they executed", James said. [We were] great, [now] not so good. "But you've always got to be concerned with the competition, for sure". That was accomplished through torrid shooting by Boston (7-of-10 during that stretch) and continued struggles from the field by Cleveland. "I don't know for a fact, but if I were in the room and had a vote, I would say no".

There's still some time before Isaiah Thomas gets his rhythm back.

But that's changed now that he's on the same team as LeBron James, as well as Kevin Love.

"He got to do what he got to do, that's his job", Frye told ESPN of Lue. Not until he can play against them. If I don't, I stay ready.

Instead, Pierce said the team could just put it on Instagram.

"It only stung me when it happened", he said.

"Realistically being able to compete for an National Basketball Association championship is something I've always wanted to do", Thomas said.

Thomas was traded to the Cavs during the offseason in the blockbuster swap for Kyrie Irving. Thanks to his electrifying performances, the 5-foot-9 All-Star became known as the "King in the Fourth" with the Celtics. Currently, the Cavs are one of the league leaders in offense and once they integrate Thomas fully into their starting line-up, they will certainly have one of the league's potent offenses. Plus he's not playing tonight when the Cavs take on the Celtics.

Even though Isaiah didn't play too many minutes or start in last night's game, his presence was felt throughout the entire roster. He's not playing back-to-backs right now.

James ended his media remarks with a throwaway line that didn't show the same level of confidence, however.

- He was so good at those things past year. "The [Thomas] injury affected them a lot".

"It was great to watch (Thomas) play (Tuesday) night".

Gorman emphasized that by no means is he understating Thomas' emotional, albeit short, tenure in Boston.

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