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Cavaliers finally set date for Isaiah Thomas' long-awaited debut

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Cavaliers finally set date for Isaiah Thomas' long-awaited debut

The Cleveland Cavaliers, currently third place in the Eastern Conference, are about to get stronger.

On Monday, head coach Tyronn Lue announced that All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas will make his season debut on Tuesday at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Thomas will come off the bench and be on a minutes restriction, per ESPN.

Thomas, 28, is a two-time All-Star and made the All-NBA team last season. He averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists for the Boston Celtics. Thomas and the Celtics made the Eastern Conference Finals and lost to the Cavs. Thomas was then traded to the Cavs over the offseason.


Thomas has yet to play this season due to a torn labrum in his right hip. He didn't have surgery, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes for him to get back up to speed. He will also be adjusting to a new supporting cast.

The Cavs have plenty of time to get him acclimated, as we're still weeks away from the midway point of the season. But his return has major implications on the rest of the East. Thomas is a very good player and should take pressure off of LeBron James. Thomas is one of the best scorers in the game.

The Wizards have already played the Cavs twice this season and lost both times. By the next time they meet on Feb. 22, Thomas will likely be in midseason form.

We'll see how things stack up between the teams at that point.



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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!