Nick Wright reacts to Isaiah Thomas' impressive performance in season debut

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This is not a must win game for the Celtics, because they will come out with a lead no matter what.

The win was their third in four games, and furthered their hold on top spot in the East over the Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In a 127-110 win against the Portland Trail Blazers, Thomas raised Cleveland's ceiling.

Following tonight's matchup between the two clubs, they'll round out their three-game series in Boston again on February 11.

How many minutes for Isaiah? .

The Cavs will gradually increase Isaiah Thomas' minutes going forward, but even on limited minutes, he has already shown that he can still make a big impact on the floor.

Thomas, who before the game said he was excited to show fans what they wanted to see after he missed the first 36 games of the season recovering from a hip injury, did not disappoint.

Thomas had kept his distance from Beantown and was back in Boston for the first time since an August dentist appointment. "There's no way I was coming back to Boston and play only 17 minutes". In that period they allow 104.5 points per 100 possessions, still top ten in the National Basketball Association but a far cry from their early season form. "It's a spark and jolt we need on our team right now".

Can the Celtics stop LeBron? . He added three 3-pointers and three assists before leaving with 8:10 remaining and the Cavs up by 12.

But in a slew of recent events, the Celtics have officially announced that they'll elect to go with the latter, much to the dismay of their fans.

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"It was great see him get his first basket and go from there", James said of Thomas.

"Tacoma (Wash.) is who I am", Thomas said, "but Boston is definitely in my heart and will always be some type of home for me".

Booker scored eight of his 34 points in the final 37 seconds as the Suns finished with a 15-4 run. He's averaging 13.6 PTS, 7.9 REB, 5.2 AST, 0.6 STL and 1 BLK with 2 TO for the 2017-2018 season.

Thomas made his first appearance at the new Boston Garden since the trade, but he did not play. He even joked that he nearly entered the Celtics locker room ahead of the game, having grown so accustomed to walking through the Garden in previous seasons. Have made at least 10 3s in franchise record 26 straight games.

Boston have been given slight favoritism in this game by oddsmakers, who have given them a one point handicap.

"I mean the guy put on some performances, epic performances for the city of Boston and for what he gave on a consistent basis" Irving said.

Stevens took a circumspect approach to the rematch with the Cavs. "He's going to be in the right spots and take charges, going to take the challenge". The Cavs raved about Crowder's toughness, defense-first mentality and versatility, seeing him as a key piece in the quest to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.

Cavaliers: Begin a five-game trip against the Celtics.

Despite all this, the Cavs have the best player in the world, and this alone is enough to give them a big chance in any game they play.

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