It’s been a long time coming, but the day has almost finally arrived for Isaiah Thomas and the Cavs.

IT was acquired by the Cavaliers in the trade that sent fellow All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in a deal that shocked the NBA world after everything Thomas had gone through during the Playoffs for the Celtics, leading them to the Eastern Conference Finals after the death of his sister in a car accident.

And now, after spending the entire 2017-18 NBA season — so far — sidelined due to a hip injury, Isaiah Thomas is due to make his return this week, against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Many thought Thomas would be making his long-awaited return against his former team the day after the Portland game in a matchup that would draw in every basketball fan just to see what would happen. Unfortunately for us though, we won’t be seeing Thomas make his return against the Celtics, opting instead to play against the Blazers under a minutes restriction to get him back in the flow of the game slowly but surely.

It’s not a bad idea at all actually IT won’t be returning against the Celtics, as a game with that much emotion surrounding it could severely hamper Thomas’ rehab efforts. IT would obviously love to light up his former team, and trying that hard in his first game back from a major injury would only spell disaster for Thomas’ health.

Cleveland will be ecstatic to have the 5’9 point guard suiting up for them for the first time, as through stretches this season, the Cavs have missed that scoring punch from the one spot that Irving provided when he was still on the team.

Hopefully Thomas will be able to fill that hole once he returns.

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