Traded from the Celtics to the Cavaliers in one of the most shocking deals in NBA history, Isaiah Thomas would love nothing more than to burn down the championship aspirations that Celtics president Danny Ainge built this past summer.
For Thomas, the full burn will have to wait until May, with the Cavaliers and Celts, proving their worth as the East’s top two teams, still expected to meet in the third round of postseason play.
But it may get its first spark in Boston.
With a source telling ESPN that Thomas is unlikely to play before/in their Christmas Day game against the Warriors, Yahoo quickly came through with a report that suggested that the Cavs are targeting an early January return for the 28-year-old Thomas.
And it’s in that first week of January, Wednesday the 3rd to be exact, that Thomas and the Cavaliers will come to TD Garden for a primetime showdown with the Celtics.
Given his flair for the dramatic, and just how personal he took this entire transaction (especially from Ainge), there’s no doubt that Thomas would love the chance to make his comeback in Boston, and flex on Ainge’s squad for another Cavs win in the season head-to-head series.
Also considering what was said in Yahoo’s report — with word that sources say that the sides have wanted to ensure Thomas comes back for the “long run without needing a game or two at times to rest due to soreness” — a return on Jan. 3 makes sense. It’s a game that would come on the second leg of a back-to-back, meaning a Jan. 2 return is not the best idea when coming back from a seven-month layoff due to hip concerns if you’re looking to avoid ‘rest’ absences, it doesn’t hurt that the Cavaliers will have two days of rest after their game in Boston.
Oh, and because this story has been too good to have him return against any other opponent.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog