Thomas has been out with a nagging hip injury, and against the Portland Trail Blazers he finally got to see some action.
Cleveland wanted to keep Thomas limited — he will apparently skip Wednesday’s game against the Celtics for rest — and so they brought him off the bench.
Sure enough, with 4:33 left in the first quarter Thomas stepped foot on the hardwood wearing wine and gold. A few minutes later, he got his first bucket as a Cavalier.
Thomas finished the game with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, adding three assists in 19 minutes of play. He also earned himself a technical foul.
It’s too bad we won’t get to see Thomas playing against his former team. The last opportunity before the playoffs we’ll to see Thomas and Irving square off will be on Feb. 11 in Boston.