The next Cavaliers visit to the Garden is on February 11, which also happens to be the night the Celtics plan to retire Paul Pierce's number.
While he's made it clear that he isn't a fan of Danny Ainge, Thomas said he expects to hear a lot of love from Boston fans on Wednesday night. Thomas's first game as a Cavalier comes against the Portland Trail Blazers at Quicken Loans Arena, a contest that will shape up to be a tough test for a Cleveland team that has lost three in a row over the Christmas period.
When Brad Stevens studied the video of Boston's last game against Cleveland, he skipped over a handful of plays and put the sound on mute. In his 76 games played for the Celtics during their 2016-17 campaign, Thomas turned in averages of 28.9 points on.463 shooting from the field (both career-highs), 5.9 assists, and 2.7 rebounds in 33.8 minutes per game - all while sinking.909 percent of his free-throws.
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. He can't get frustrated thinking it's going to happen overnight.
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Then they went through the most absurd offseason we have ever seen with a complete roster turnover, helping set up this team for this generation and the next.
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. They knew what they got.
The Cavs are now on a three-game losing streak, so Thomas' return could not have come at a better time. "It's all good. I'm focused on the Cleveland Cavaliers and trying to win a championship".
"I have no feel for the game right now", Thomas said. This will be the first game for the Cavaliers this year, and it will also be the first game for the point guard in a Cavs jersey.