After missing his team’s first 36 games of the season, Isaiah Thomas finally made his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers last night. It was Thomas’ first official game since being knocked out of the NBA playoffs in Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals last May by the Cavaliers in his last game as a Celtic, before then being traded to the team that beat him. In his return, Thomas played 18 minutes off the bench, scoring 17 points on 6-for-11 field goals and adding three assists, nothing short of impressive for a player in his first game back from a serious hip injury. While Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said previously that he would slowly start increasing Thomas’ minutes and eventually give him his starting lineup spot, Thomas appeared to feel so good about his performance that said he was ready to take a much heavier workload immediately.