Coming into the Tuesday night outing at home versus Portland, coach Ty Lue made it clear that the team was to keep their rehabbing star guard on a minutes restriction and ease his transition back to game fitness. Thomas certainly made the most of his time on the floor however, quickly going out of his way to brush off any lingering concerns over the torn labrum injury which had ended his heroic postseason journey this past Spring. In just 19 minutes of action, Thomas was a welcomed breath of energy for the Cavaliers, going for 16 points (6-12 FG) and 3 assists while displaying the same aggressive play that had made him an all star and fan favorite as of late.
The chip on IT’s shoulder couldn’t be bigger this year, as he’ll look to show the rest of the league, and more importantly, his former franchise that he is the same household name and a force to be reckoned with. As a member of the Celtics, Thomas’s Love for the city and the long history of winning was undeniable, but having fallen victim to the inevitable business end of the NBA life had initially left IT at a loss for words, but has since only fueled his determination and driven to succeed.
Can’t wait to see a BOS vs. CLE matchup with a fully healthy IT sparring against the successor to his former throne in Beantown, Kyrie Irving.