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szdaily -> Sports
Isaiah Thomas explosive in Cavs debut
    2018-January-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Cavaliers got a glimpse of what to expect from Isaiah Thomas on Tuesday as their new point guard made his Cleveland debut in one of the most anticipated nights of the NBA season.

They surely liked what they saw.

Thomas, acquired in a blockbuster offseason trade that saw a disgruntled Kyrie Irving shipped to the rival Boston Celtics, was limited in action off the bench, but showed flashes of the offensive jolt the Cavs hoped for from their dynamic new point guard in a 127-110 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

He finished with 17 points and 3 assists on 6-of-12 shooting, all in 19 minutes off the bench.

Even more than the stat line, the best news for the Cavs is that Thomas looked fearless and athletic coming off an offseason hip injury. He moved well with the ball, looked to make plays and did not hesitate to shoot.

With Derrick Rose injured, the Cavs have leaned heavily on Jose Calderon to handle the ball when LeBron James isn’t running point forward. While Calderon is a steady, veteran presence on the court, he’s not the difference maker on offense that Thomas is.

Thomas launched eight 3-pointers in his limited time, hitting three.

How Thomas impacts the Cavs in the win/loss column will be an interesting watch. His strength mirrors where Cleveland already excels, on offense, while there is no denying that he is a defensive liability.

“I couldn’t sleep last night,” Thomas told Yahoo Sports. “This was a crucial moment for me to step foot on the floor. New team, new arena … I’ve felt like I didn’t know what to expect, what it felt like to be on an NBA court. I felt like a rookie. Not being on the floor in seven months, I haven’t had a rhythm. Today, it felt like I had a rhythm. I’m still rusty, but I feel good, I feel comfortable out there.

“Once I took that first shot, it felt normal again.”

(SD-Agencies)

 

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