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Celtics won’t play video tribute to Isaiah Thomas during Wednesday’s game

The Boston Celtics will not play a video tribute in honor of Isaiah Thomas during Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. Why? Because Thomas himself specifically asked the team not to do so.

Thomas will make his season debut with the Cavaliers Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers after a lengthy rehab due to a torn labrum and other assorted injuries to his right hip. By doing so, Thomas will not be available to play in Wednesday’s tilt against his former team, as the Cavs intend to ease Thomas back into the rotation slowly by not playing him in back-to-back games.

It makes sense in that respect for Thomas to request that the Celtics do not air a video tribute, as he won’t be playing in the first place. Then again, perhaps there may be more to the story than just that given some of things Thomas has had to say in the wake of his unceremonious and shocking departure from Boston.

That said, it certainly appears that Thomas’ Cavaliers teammates are pretty pumped about his long-awaited debut, even if LeBron James admits he doesn’t know what to expect out of Thomas following such a lengthy layoff.