Isaiah Thomas has been on the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ roster for a few months. Despite this, he had never suited up for the team until Wednesday night, making his debut in front of the Quicken Loans Arena crowd. And in a sign of support for their new star, Cavs fans gave Thomas a warm welcome. All of this was nice, but of course, there was still a game to play. And it wasn’t against a group of scrubs, as Cleveland was hosting a Portland side that is in the playoff hunt out west and just received Damian Lillard back from a spell on the sideline with an injury. The Cavs did exactly what they needed to do, both with regards to the game (a 127-110 win) and Thomas, as Tyronn Lue decided to slowly fold him into the rotation and have him play 19 minutes. The thing with Thomas, though, is he does not do things slowly. He goes fast, he attacks, and he does whatever he has to do to get an edge. All of this was on display in his return, because not only did Thomas take 12 shots in 19 minutes, but he ended his shift with a very respectable 17 points, including a layup that sure as heck made it look like he hasn’t been sidelined for months.
Isaiah Thomas Proved How Valuable He Can Be To The Cavs With An Instant Impact In His Debut
Dime Magazine | Jan 3