Thomas has smashing debut as Cavs down Trail Blazers 127-110

Dec 21 2017 Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas sits on the bench beside forward Le Bron James in the third quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers guard Shabazz Napier.

Wednesday's game will be the second matchup between the Celtics and Cavs, who have developed a rivalry in recent years.

Thomas was a terrific player while wearing the Celtics' green, particularly during last year's remarkable run. He will skip the second half of the back-to-back set against the C's Wednesday. Thomas asked for the Celtics to shelve his tribute until February, when he would be playing and his family would be able to attend to appreciate it. There's no hard feelings to anybody in this city or anybody in this organization. Two in a row have turned in revenge games. He texted me last night so we're good.

"It was a special moment", Thomas said of the reception from the Cavs faithful.

Thomas was ALL the way back, at least physically, in his Cavs debut, though.

Truly blessed to be able to be on the court again competing for something.

"It just feels like we're a little stagnant on both ends", Korver said.

But it doesn't change his love for the city, the arena and the people who have been a part of his life for the last few years. "There was no way I was going to (make my return) against Boston (until I'm fully healthy)".

Jae Crowder wouldn't be the latest addition to that list.

Driving the lane past Shabazz Napier, Thomas dropped in a left-handed scoop shot while being fouled and crashed to the floor. Thomas said, as he exited his press conference. There may come a day when these questions slow or stop altogether, but for now Irving's trade request is still too raw.

"We all love Isaiah and are grateful for him and all that he's done for us as well", Ainge continued.

Please let there be a Celtics-Cavs Eastern Conference Final.

The Celtics experienced limited fallout from Hayward's absence. It took seven months of rehabilitation for Thomas to ready his hip for game action-an injury sustained while playing for the Celtics, and then worsened when Thomas tried to keep those same Celtics alive in the playoffs. Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum had 15 points apiece, and Irving and Al Horford each had 11 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston.

"Against LeBron, there's nobody that can guard him the whole game".

"It's not one of 82 because they're the No. 1 seed and we have some history with them obviously", James said.

Celtics: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. And I love Terry Rozier.

"Tacoma (Wash.) is who I am", Thomas said, "but Boston is definitely in my heart and will always be some type of home for me". "But I knew once I got traded to Cleveland it was like it's an even bigger opportunity for me, a bigger platform playing with arguably the best player in the world". Take the Cavs to cover this line.

The Celtics still need to show us that these struggles that nearly cost them the number one seed are behind them.

We've all seen what Thomas is capable of doing with a chip on his shoulder.

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