Thomas ready to rumble
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP):
Day by day, dribble by dribble , Isaiah Thomas looks a little more like an All-Star point guard like himself.
And just maybe like one who can rescue the reeling Cavaliers.
Thomas has been increasing the intensity of his workouts and is making strong progress in his recovery from a serious hip injury that ended his 2016 season in Boston and delayed his debut with Cleveland.
As Cavs coach Tyronn Lue and a member of Cleveland's medical staff kept an eye on him from an adjacent floor at Cleveland Clinic Courts, Thomas broke a healthy sweat during a workout on Monday under the guidance of assistant coach Phil Handy, who fired him passes and praise. Thomas worked on his three-pointer, man-to-man defence, conditioning, ball handling and free throws as he nears a return that may be coming sooner than imagined.
Although the team has not disclosed any change from its original timetable estimate of the end of December, it's apparent that Thomas is getting closer.
At 4-6, and lacking a second scorer to complement LeBron James, the Cavs might be tempted to rush Thomas along. But Lue said it's imperative for the team to stick with its plan so as not to harm the 28 year old.
"We have to make sure he's 100 per cent," Lue said on Monday as the Cavs regrouped following an embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "We have to worry about him as a player and a person. If he's not right, not healthy, we don't want to rush him back to set him back even more."