Isaiah Thomas claps back after refusing Celtics video tribute

LeBron James is hyped for Isaiah Thomas debut			David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Thomas has missed the entire season recovering from a hip injury that he suffered a year ago with the Celtics before aggravating it in the playoffs. Thomas's first game as a Cavalier comes against the Portland Trail Blazers at Quicken Loans Arena, a contest that will shape up to be a tough test for a Cleveland team that has lost three in a row over the Christmas period. But a minutes restriction (he'll come off the bench and reportedly only play 8-12 minutes on Tuesday) will keep him out of Cleveland's first trip to Boston.

Thomas is not expected to play on back-to-back nights this early in his return.

Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second half at TD Garden on December 6, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. This ain't no revenge game.

Thomas said he didn't want to force it on Wednesday night, and can wait until February to face his former team. But they've got to be patient and stay the course.




"I haven't even really put on the jersey, so to continue to get that type of love when I haven't really given the city anything but some workouts on my own, I'm just ready to put the grind forward and give the fans what they want to see, and make this season something special".

That won't happen tomorrow night when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit. It would be highly unlikely he'd be peak Isaiah Thomas in his first game back from injury. "And it might take some time but at the same time, the progress that I've made is all good and positive progress and I'm excited about the opportunity to be able to get out there and compete". After six months away from the game, he's still searching for his feel for the game. The Cavaliers have been winning, and keeping pace at the top of the Eastern Conference, with a hotchpotch of veterans playing the point including Jose Calderon, Derrick Rose and the veteran Dwyane Wade, who is much more of a shooting guard anyway. He told NBC Sports Northwest that he could have played Monday against the Bulls and intends to play against the Cavs.

"We needed it", McCollum said on the Blazers' telecast after the win. "The NBA didn't do us any favors".

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