Isaiah Thomas hasn’t talked much about being traded from Boston to Cleveland, other than he was hurt. Understandably. He poured his heart into being a Celtic, the fans loved him and he loved them. He played in a playoff game a day after his sister died in a car crash. He was an All-NBA guard for them, and they shipped him out the door.
Thomas posted this on Instagram, saying he would define himself in Cleveland.
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"They say every man is defined by his reaction to any given situation. Well who would you want to define you? Someone else or yourself? Whatever you do, give your heart to it and stay strong"… THE MARATHON CONTINUES!!! #BookOfIsaiah2ComingSoon #ThatSLOWgrind #KeepDoubting #KillaSeason 🎥: @TeeJayRegan
The question now is when does Thomas get back on the court? Well, that and is he fully healthy when he does?
What Thomas brings to Cleveland this season is the same level of offense Irving brought last year — compare their stats from last season, they’re even — and intensity to play hard every night that the Cavaliers sometimes lack. He is in a contract year, too, so you know he wants to be on the court and will bring it every time he is. That can help the Cavaliers back to the Finals (that and LeBron James). Whether that gets him paid like he hopes next summer is another question.
Which leads to this interesting note from Chris Haynes of ESPN.