Isaiah Thomas is back and the Cavaliers will eventually need more than just his scoring
Isaiah Thomas sprinted off the court Saturday after the Cavaliers held on for a close four-point win over the Magic in a game they at one point led by 20. Thomas, now 2-0 in games he Michael Thomas Womens Jersey plays in, scored 19 points in his first start of the season. As Thomas ran off into the locker room, he found team Emmitt Smith Youth Jersey physician George Sibel and immediately demanded more minutes.
"I'm trying everything I can to get more minutes and tell them I feel good," An excited Thomas said after the game. "But we're on protocol right now. They're doing a hell of a job of not caring what I say and looking out for what's best for http://www.officialrangersshop.com/ryan-mcdonagh-jersey-c-1_7.html not just this season, but my career."
Thomas is playing his first real basketball in months after a hip injury sidelined him during the Eastern Conference finals and the entirety of this season up to this point. He's had his fair share of drama since that moment. A trade from the Celtics, where he had become a fan favorite in exchange for point guard Kyrie Irving. For some that would be discouraging. For Thomas, it's motivation and a chance to play with some of the NBA's best.
"Playing with a guy like LeBron, who's very unselfish, when I'm off the ball the ball still finds me," Thomas said. "Playing the pick-and-roll with him is like you got to pick your poison of who you're going to guard. And (Kevin Love), I played with him when we were younger so I know a little bit how Kevin plays. He's just another factor in helping the floor be spaced for me. They do a hell of a job in doing what they do and I try to piggyback on them with this minutes restriction."
All of this is new for Thomas. With the Celtics he was the de facto star of the team -- the face of a franchise that he helped bring back to relevance. Before Boston, he was seen as a serviceable role player off the bench. Now in Cleveland, he's a secondary star next to the best player in the world. That requires him to play a different style from what he's accustomed to playing in the past.
Thomas has always been a scoring guard but he can't dominate the ball on this team. Not on a squad with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the roster. Not when Kevin Love deserves touches. Except they need Thomas to be himself. Cleveland wants the player that averaged 28 points per game last season, but they need him to do it in a way that fits what they're doing and that's where the rust has shown so far.
"He's a scorer. He's totally different from what I was doing out there." Cavs point guard Jose Calderon told CBS Sports. "It will be a different look of a team and defenses will have to adjust more to him than they did me, so that's going to be nice. It will maybe take some time and we'll need some adjustment as well just to get used to playing (with each other) because we didn't have that time."