Isaiah Thomas describes long-awaited Cavs debut as a "special night"


After missing seven months of action and five months after being traded to a new team, Isaiah Thomas finally made his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Which means that despite the positive development, Thomas won't be making a surprise appearance Monday when the Cavs play the.

"I watch them a lot". "There's nothing I can take from him". Nurkic, a 7-footer, went down hard when he appeared to be hit by James on a drive in the second quarter. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 15, Jaylen Brown had 14 and Al Horford added 11. He added three 3-pointers and three assists before leaving with 8:10 remaining and the Cavs up by 12.

LeBron James praised his new teammate after the game. Cleveland, the oldest team in the league, was playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Thomas missed the team's first 36 games of the season due to a lingering hip injury, but he showed plenty of signs of life against Portland.

The more healthy the Cavaliers are, the more competitive the finals will be, and a healthy Boston Celtics team, will lead to an even more competitive Eastern Conference finals. "I thought we played really purposeful", Stevens said.

"We had some good looks, but they had a good defensive game plan and they executed", James said. "We will be fine, though". I love this organization. In the meantime, Thomas is just happy to get one game under his wings with the team.

Yet with Ainge, it's always been different since the trade.

The Cavs guard asked the Celtics not to play a video tribute to him during the game tonight because he prefer it happen during a later visit to Boston when he's playing. In that time, however, Thomas showed us that he was, in fact, nearly 100 percent healthy. And this time, the crowd rose to its feet for a standing ovation. Sure, Crowder will be a nice role player for the Cavs, supplying defense and the occasional big scoring night, as he did in Boston.

Thomas said he has a long way to go before he feels like himself on the court.

Thomas, who became an All-Star in Boston and helped prop up the team as it began its rebuilding process, said he expects a positive reaction from Celtics fans.

"There's still movements that I'm scared to do".

"This is obviously our first time playing together, but you can see moments where he added a dynamic that we need, especially if we want to get to where we want to be", Wade said. I'm not in that good of a shape. At 25-13, they're now third in the East, 4? games back of No. 1 Boston and two games behind the No. 2 Toronto Raptors, whom they play later on their five-game trip.

Cleveland's Kevin Love left the game with 1:08 to play in the second quarter after injuring his right ankle in a fall earlier in the period.

LeBron James top-scored for the Cavs, pouring in 24 points, while Damian Lillard got 25 points for the Trail Blazers. McClure has had incredible success picking games involving the Celtics - he's 11-5 and has his finger on the pulse of Boston basketball.