Isaiah Thomas to make season debut Tuesday vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Jose Calderon, who the Cavaliers signed this past offseason, has done a steady job in the starting point guard spot, with Dwyane Wade helping off the bench, but it will likely give Cleveland more stability and reliability at the position as Thomas eases his way back into his regular role.

"I mean, my hip is better but I have no rhythm", Thomas said on Monday, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. He was traded to Cleveland over the summer in a blockbuster that brought guard Kyrie Irving to Boston.

It was quickly noted, though, that Thomas will not be able to play in a much anticipated match-up against his former team in the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. It's been a frustrating and tough process but at the same time you got to trust it. The point guard even tried to force his team to play him against the Sacramento Kings last week, but he was kept on the sidelines. "For now, we're just happy to have him back and see who works well together, what happens and just go from there".


Though the Cavs' next game after Tuesday is in Boston on Wednesday - which will be Thomas' first trip to TD Garden since he was traded - he will not face his old team.

Thomas' presence alone will take some of the scoring pressure off James' shoulders, even if he is on a minutes restriction out of the gates.

The Cavaliers have the second-worst defense in the National Basketball Association this season and even a fully fit, up-to-speed Thomas isn't going to help that statistic. "And Thomas said today he'd have a hard time in his comeback game in Boston without a full allotment of minutes to make an impact". But they've got to be patient and stay the course. "It's all good. I'm focused on the Cleveland Cavaliers and trying to win a championship". He has been out since Game 3 of that series with a right hip injury.


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