Wednesday's Mashup: Isaiah Thomas scores 17 points in Cavaliers debut

Wednesday's Mashup: Isaiah Thomas scores 17 points in Cavaliers debut

Matthew Dellavedova shot 38-of-72 (52.8 percent) on three-pointers after passes from James during the 2015-16 season.

Damian Lillard returned to the Blazers line-up from injury and finished with 22 points. Jusuf Nurkic added 23 and CJ McCollum had 19 for Portland.

"It was a special moment", Thomas said of the reception from the Cavs faithful.

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.

Thomas is also going to be restricted by a minutes limit that will keep him off the court for long stretches of time. "I don't know for a fact, but if I were in the room and had a vote, I would say no".

But it doesn't change his love for the city, the arena and the people who have been a part of his life for the last few years. He was also * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/shots-closest-defender-10/?sort=FG3_PCT&dir=1&Season=2014-15&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&PerMode=Totals&CloseDefDistRange=6%2B%20Feet%20-%20Wide%20Open&CF=FG3A*GE*88" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *among the most accurate during his first season in Boston.

Thomas' best play in the second half was a lovely pass to Wade for a layup with 9:54 remaining that put the Cavs ahead 97-91. He made a strong drive to the basket on Cleveland's next possession, finishing with a nice scoop shot while drawing a foul, bouncing right up after tumbling to the floor. He got up and shook off the contact, clearing another important hurdle in his journey back.

"Shoot the basketball, run pick-and-roll, be confident, just play his game", Lue said. This is still going to be one of the most talked about games of the season for the Boston Celtics, but the absence of Thomas will allow everyone to focus more on the bottom line: adding to the lead in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavaliers outscored the Trail Blazers 36-23 in the closing 12 minutes. Portland went 3-2 without Lillard, who was injured on December 20 against San Antonio. And while he didn't receive a tribute video (at his own request), Celtics fans showered him with a loud ovation when the Garden showed him on the Jumbotron in the second quarter. Look at the numbers he piled up in all these years!' He's playing as well in his 15th year as he did in his second or third year.

The Boston Celtics will be looking to open 2018 with a fourth straight victory when they renew hostilities with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. But he has no issues with Boston fans and expects a warm greeting for his return. "There's no hard feelings to anybody". "This ain't no revenge game.". "They played at a high level tonight and they've been playing well at home". Rose, who has missed the past five games and nine games total this season because of a sprained left ankle, is in a walking boot and expected to miss at least the next two weeks.

When you take into account that the Cavaliers are on the second night of a back to back, then there really are no excuses whatsoever for the Celtics to be anything other than their best.

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