Video: All of Isaiah Thomas’ buckets in Cavs debut
The long wait is finally over. Isaiah Thomas appears to be fully healed from his hip injury and has officially arrived to play some Cleveland Cavaliers basketball.
After missing first 36 games of the season, the All-Star guard made his debut Tuesday night when the Cavs hosted the Portland Trail Blazers. Isaiah Thomas checked in at the 4:33 mark of the first quarter, and the sheer joy of the home crowd was just as loud as one could have imagined.
Right from the get go, Thomas appeared to never miss a beat. The classic Isaiah Thomas experience was on full display – threes, mid-range, aggressive drive to the basket while drawing a foul, off-the-ball movement, you name it.
Although limited in playing time, his quick-trigger offense had him tallying 17 points and three assists in just 19 minutes of action.
The commanding 127-110 victory was only the Cavs’ second win in six games, but now that their prized point guard is on the fold, all signs are pointing up.
Next on the Cavs’ schedule is Isaiah Thomas’ old team, the Boston Celtics, who they’ll visit tomorrow, January 3rd. With the said minutes restriction, however, which doesn’t allow him to play on a back-to-back, he will sit the game out.