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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 feels good about John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star chances

Scott Brooks feels good about John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star chances

Voting for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game's starters is now closed and though they have not fared well with fan ballots, the chances Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal are picked as reserves seem good.

The All-Star reserves are chosen by NBA head coaches and Wizards head coach Scott Brooks thinks the Wizards should have two representatives.

"They're definitely both having All-Star years," Brooks said. "I can't vote for either one, but they are definitely in my mind two of the best guards in the East."

Wall, 27, is averaging 19.9 points and leads the Eastern Conference with 9.3 assists per game. He also leads all NBA guards with 1.1 blocks per game.

Bradley Beal, 24, is seventh in the East with 23.7 points per game and third among Eastern Conference guards. He is averaging a career-high 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.


The 25-19 Wizards are currently in the playoff picture, which should help their cause for two All-Stars. But there is a lot of competition at the guard position.

Beal has done plenty to make the case he should be a first-time All-Star. He leads the Wizards in points and has played in every one of their games.

What could hold Wall back is that his numbers are down from last season and the fact he missed 11 games due to injury.

Brooks, though, thinks he should be in there and that it shouldn't be all that close.

"I think John is the best point guard in the East," he said.

Wall is certainly up there among the best point guards in the conference. His competition would be guys like Kyrie Iriving, Kyle Lowry and maybe Ben Simmons. Wall is a more versatile player than Irving and has better numbers than Lowry or Simmons.

The All-Star starters are announced on Jan. 18 and the full rosters will be revealed on Jan. 23. We'll see if Wall and Beal make the cut.


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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon...

1. John Wall came out swinging in the first half with 22 points, 16 of them in the first quarter alone. 

This was one of his best plays. Wall split two defenders and then flipped it in off the glass:

Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Wizards' bench with 19 points, five rebounds and a block. He missed on this play, but nearly dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. That would have been something:


3. Oubre did get this one to go down. He popped a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter:

4. Wall had some nice passes including this alley-oop lob to Tomas Satoransky. Sato got way up there:

Satoransky also threw down this alley-oop pass earlier thrown by Bradley Beal:

5. This last play was by the Bucks and it was not something you see every day. Antetokounmpo fired an assist through his legs like a longsnapper:

The Wizards lost a close one. Now they head to Charlotte to begin a five-game road trip.