UPDATE (4 p.m. ET): Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue confirmed Monday that Isaiah Thomas indeed will debut Tuesday against the Blazers and sit out Cleveland’s game against the Celtics in Boston.
ORIGINAL STORY: Isaiah Thomas is back, but his restrictive schedule reportedly will nix an exciting reunion.
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reported Monday that Thomas will make his Cleveland Cavaliers debut Tuesday night when the team takes on the Portland Trail Blazers, but the star point guard won’t play in both games of the back-to-back.
Tuesday will mark Thomas’ first game since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals as a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics dealt Thomas to Cleveland in a blockbuster trade over the summer that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston.
While Thomas might not play against his former team Wednesday night, he’s still expected to be in attendance at TD Garden when the Cavs take on the C’s. Thomas has been outspoken about the emotional pain he suffered after being traded from the Celtics, but there’s no doubt he’ll receive a massive ovation in his return to Boston.
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