Isaiah Thomas Impressive in Debut

Isaiah Thomas Impressive in Debut

Thomas has already voiced his displeasure with the Celtics' front office, but a Basketball Ops department is hardly representative of an entire franchise. They twice got the margin to five points, only to see the Celtics build it back up, eventually to a 55-47 halftime lead.

And it won't be so easy. But Thomas didn't want that since he wasn't playing, so the team moved it to February 11. He did 15 years here so there's nothing that I can take from him. Maybe that's when Isaiah Thomas first really remembered Danny Ainge was another guy, too. The little things he did on and off the court. Like I always said, it's genuine love.

You still have Kyrie Irving trying to show it to the team he wanted to get away from, and it is going to be fascinating to see how Jae Crowder is received. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 15 and Jaylen Brown 14 as Boston (31-10) won its fourth straight. In just 19 minutes of play coming off the Cavs' bench, the diminutive point guard was able to get off 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.

A couple of minutes later, LeBron James set up the first bucket of Isaiah's tenure. The guard reportedly told the team not to play a tribute video since he was not going to participate in the contest. The exact severity of the ankle injury remains unclear at this point in time, though look for additional tests to be performed after the game, which should give us a better indication for whether or not he'll miss any additional contests.

That's exactly what they did Wednesday night.

With the win, the Celtics now has a 4 1/2 game lead over third-place Cleveland in the Eastern Conference. But the 5-foot-9 playmaker, who inspired the Celtics and an entire city previous year, patiently stuck with his rehab. Thomas will watch in street clothes as his Cleveland Cavs take on his former Boston Celtics. The team's fans championed him during his time in Boston as if he were a living legend.

LeBron James led the Cavs' balanced scoring attack with 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds. "It just - I always say, people always brought the trade up. But we'll be fine". He averaged more points than Kyrie.

Some of the best spot-up shooters in the league are Cleveland players like Kyle Korver, Channing Frye, JR Smith and Kevin Love. New team, new arena ...

A few moments later, James was sent in for Thomas, who first got a hug from his teammate and another from coach Tyronn Lue as the crowd roared.

Thomas was traded from Boston to Cleveland as part of a blockbuster trade involving Kyrie Irving this summer.

Though Thomas asked that there not be any tribute video for him on this trip to the Garden, he did receive an extended standing ovation from the Boston fans when he was shown on the scoreboard monitors between the first and second quarters. Then again, neither does Thomas.

Thomas was ALL the way back, at least physically, in his Cavs debut, though.

"There's still movements that I'm scared to do". I like how they play. My wind isn't there. "They gave us a good one tonight". I didn't ever want all this talk about it. He was unlike nearly anybody we had ever seen, especially in the fourth quarter of games past year.

The Cavaliers (25-13) have dropped four of their past five. Veteran Jose Calderon was held to six points and two rebounds in 19 minutes.

Since his final season in Sacramento, Thomas has made nearly exactly half of his three-pointers when there is not a defender within six feet.

Celtics: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

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