January 20, 2018

Isaiah Thomas scores 17 points, gets two standing ovations in Cavs debut

13 January 2018, 11:04 | Randolph Howard

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Pierce doesn't think Thomas should get tribute on night his jersey is retired

That means Thomas, shipping to Cleveland by the Celtics in their blockbuster swap for Kyrie Irving, won't square off against his former team on Wednesday night when the Cavs make their first trip to Boston.

Thomas spoke about the reaction he received from the Cavaliers fans as well. Yes, tinkering with the rotations in the middle of the season to account for a 5-foot-9 guard who hasn't played in 7? months is not ideal.

And, thus, it is their last chance to tribute Isaiah Thomas before the season ends. But he says he's now moved a lot closer to a water-under-the-bridge mentality.

The Cavaliers (25-12) battle their first Eastern Conference opponent of the new year in the second leg of a back-to-back when they travel to Boston on Wednesday night to take on the Celtics (30-10). Where you starred a year ago, a city that loves you, that has embraced you, that misses you even though they love themselves Kyrie because they appreciate the fact that you wanted to stay there. His most daring play came at the 32.8 second mark when he drove for a layup, somewhat of a prayer heave, and was fouled by Al-Farouq Aminu as he went down behind the basket. There's no hard feelings to anybody in this city or anybody in this organization. And I'm glad I'm back.

"I enjoyed watching that throughout the game", Pierce said. The Wine & Gold have made at least 10 three-pointers in 26 straight games, which is tied for the 3rd-longest streak in National Basketball Association history (Boston, 26 straight from 1/21/2017-3/15/2017).

Here are player grades from last night's win.

One by one, the Boston Celtics lined up to embrace Isaiah Thomas. Thomas will watch from the bench after making his season debut Tuesday night, where he scored 17 points in 19 minutes coming off the bench.

Pierce doesn't think Thomas should get tribute on night his jersey is retired
Thomas scores 17 points in debut for Cavaliers

Joel Embiid powered the 76ers to a 112-106 win over the Spurs by scoring 21 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Irving finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists as Boston (31-10) won their fourth straight game.

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, before Thomas put on his wine and gold #3 jersey, he sat before his locker and said to himself, "I feel like a damn rookie". He hustled to get dressed, nearly as if his internal clock for routine tasks had been disrupted during the seven months he'd spent rehabbing a right hip injury.

Thomas is also going to be restricted by a minutes limit that will keep him off the court for long stretches of time.

Paul Pierce doesn't want to see a tribute video for Isaiah Thomas when the Boston Celtics retire his No. 34 jersey following a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers next month. So when that opportunity came I just had to take it and run with it.

"What I like most about him is he has a chip on his shoulder for life", James said.

That's exactly what they did Wednesday night.

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