Report: ‘Doubt growing’ Isaiah Thomas will play against Celtics
There reportedly is “doubt growing” against Isaiah Thomas will play in a highly-anticipated match-up against his former team, the Boston Celtics, on Jan. 3.
There has never been a definitive date placed on when Thomas will make his first appearance of the season. Thomas of course joined the Cleveland Cavaliers hobbled due to a torn labrum and other assorted injuries to his right hip. The presumption has been Thomas would make his debut sometime after Jan. 1, however.
The Cavaliers, coming off Wednesday’s 109-95 road loss to the Sacramento Kings, will remain on the West Coast for an uncommon road practice. Said session will be specifically used to allow Thomas to participate in a scrimmage. The practice will be held Friday at a Napa Calif., school following Thursday’s one-day excursion to wine country, an outing organized by Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue.
“It’ll be a practice, get some shots up, cover defensive rules and principles and also scrimmage a little bit so Isaiah can get a feel and play 5-on-5,” Lue said, via ESPN.
Thomas joined the Canton Charge — the Cavaliers’ G-League team — last week and participated in a scrimmage. He also participated in a 5-on-0 drills with the Cavaliers during Wednesday’s shootaround. It would seem Friday’s action will be another step in the right direction.
“It’ll be good to see,” Lue said of Thomas’ expected involvement at Friday’s practice.
That said, here’s how Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon lays out the particulars related to whether or not Thomas will play against the Celtics next Wednesday.
Assuming Thomas is indeed held out against the Jazz on Saturday (Lue said he wanted to see how Thomas came through the scrimmage), the Cavs’ next game is Jan. 2 at home against Portland.
It’s virtually out of the question for a player to play in back-to-back games after being out since May with hip injuries. So, if Thomas were to play against the Blazers, it would be hard to believe he’d also play against the Celtics the next night…
In other words, it’s still a wait-and-see when it comes to Thomas playing against the Celtics.