NBA: Debuting Thomas helps Cavs beat Portland, 127-110

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Isaiah Thomas scored 17 points in his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

(CNN Philippines) — Cleveland Cavaliers fans waited a long time, but they finally got to see Isaiah Thomas in a wine and gold jersey on Wednesday morning Philippine time.

Thomas made his debut for the Cavs to the tune of 17 points and three assists in 18 minutes in a 127-110 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

It was his first time hitting the hard court since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 19, 2017.

Back then Thomas was still a Boston Celtic playing against his current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Thomas was sidelined with an injury to his right hip.

In the off-season Thomas was part of a blockbuster trade between the Cavs and the Celtics, which saw fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving move the other direction.

The diminutive point guard missed Cleveland's first 36 games nursing his injury.

Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue was pleased with how Thomas fared in his debut.

"I thought he was great," Lue said in the post-game press conference. "First game out, have 17 points in 18 minutes, it just looked easy to him."

"It's gonna be ups and downs these first couple of weeks, so it's not just going to be like tonight all the time," Lue added.

The Cavaliers will have a face-off with the Celtics at the TD Garden in Boston, but Thomas will reportedly not take part in that contest.