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Isaiah Thomas does contact drills after Cavaliers’ shootaround (vid)

Isaiah Thomas continues to make significant strides in his recovery from an injured hip. And on Wednesday, another milestone was reached when the point guard participated in contact drills following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ shootaround session.

Thomas began the morning doing side-to-side drills after shootaround. A typical individual shooting session followed, which included simulating pull-up jumpers in transition, per a Cleveland.com report.

Then came the change, as Thomas went through contract drills with Cavs physical therapist George Sibel, who stretches and massages him and manages his training.

With Sibel holding a pad, playing the role of a physical defender, Thomas came off screens and took midrange shots. Then he went off the dribble against Sibel, taking contact all the way to the basket and trying to finish with either hand.

The Cavaliers have been reluctant to announce any deviation from the original timetable set forth for Thomas’ return, which is expected to be in early January. But if Thomas continues to make progress as documented in the below video, perhaps the point guard could potentially come back a bit sooner.

LeBron James, while eager to get on the court with Thomas to see what his new teammate can bring to the team stressed the team cannot expect the point guard’s return to solve all the team’s issues.

It would seem the Cavaliers have turned the tide to some extent. Cleveland has now rattled off five straight wins to improve to 10-7 on the season while rebounding from a dreadful start in the absence of Thomas, among others.

It nevertheless goes without saying he mere sight of Thomas taking part in contact drills has to viewed as an encouraging sign.