THAT SLOW GRIND is at last, over. The time has finally arrived for Cavs’ guard Isaiah Thomas to join his team on the court. He’s been waiting –impatiently– for this moment since he exited early during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals during last postseason. Thomas missed the first 36 games this season healing from multiple injuries in his right hip.
The two-time All-Star will make his debut on Tuesday versus the Portland Trailblazers. Thomas, 28, will play with a minutes restriction as players returning from significant injuries usually do while also coming off of the bench. It’s best to ease him back into things as he builds the stamina and rhythm necessary to perform at his usual, elite level.
“Everybody is excited for him and I’m excited, but it’s going to be a process,” Lue said. “Getting in shape. Timing. He can’t get frustrated thinking it’s going to happen overnight. But we’re very excited to have him back.”
Tyronn Lue may not have to worry about Thomas getting frustrated with Thomas fully aware of his situation.
“My hip is better but I have no rhythm,” Thomas said. “I have no feel for the game right now. I’ve been out for so long, it feels like I lost my powers.”
It’s too bad that IT’s debut didn’t happen any sooner so that he would be ready to play at a high level for not just Tuesday’s game against the Blazers but more importantly, Wednesday’s game against his former team, the team that traded him to the Cavs for Kyrie Irving, the Boston Celtics in Boston. Although it seems like only the fans are agitated by Thomas being active on Tuesday but not Wednesday. But as long as Thomas is fine with sitting out of tomorrow’s contest, not much else really matters on the topic.
“I know where I am right now, and I wouldn’t want to put myself out there to just try to force it,” Thomas said. “But I can wait until February. I think we play them in February again, so I can wait and put on a show then.”
It’s great to see the two-time All-Star back in action. Isaiah was top three in scoring in the league last season averaging 28.9 points per game and was also seventh in the league in player efficiency rating.