CLEVELAND -- It didn't take long for Isaiah Thomas to make an impact in his Cleveland Cavaliers debut.
After receiving a standing ovation while checking into his new team's Tuesday night matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers, the 2-time All-Star promptly found former Boston Celtics teammate Jae Crowder for an early assist. Thomas would proceed to the Cavs' cause himself by the end of the quarter, at first with a pull-up jumper, which he followed with a vintage and-1 layup.
Thomas' five-point first-quarter effort helped the Cavs overcome what was a seven-point deficit, entering the second quarter with the game tied at 28. Thomas, who is playing in his first NBA game since suffering a hip injury with the Celtics last spring, would later add the first 3-pointer of his Cleveland career, scoring 8 points in what was ultimately a seven-minute stint.
After averaging an Eastern Conference-best 28.9 points per game en route to earning All-NBA second-team honors last season, Thomas arrived in Cleveland last summer in the same trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. According to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, the 28-year-old will begin his Cavs stint on a minutes restriction, initially playing between 20-22 minutes per game, and it's already been announced that Cleveland will rest Thomas for its Wednesday night matchup against Boston.
But regardless of his team-imposed minutes restriction, Thomas is already off to a hot start in his Cavs debut.
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