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Isaiah Thomas warns against discounting his impact with Cavaliers

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Isaiah Thomas warns against discounting his impact with Cavaliers

Jerks might call Isaiah Thomas “antsy” as some sort of joke about his size. That’s a shame, because he actually is antsy as hell to play. 

It’s been clear from Thomas’ social media usage and interviews that he’s champing at the bit (it’s “champing,” not “chomping”) to return from his hip injury and make his Cavaliers debut. That isn’t expected to happen for at least another month, so for now tweets and Instagram arguments will have to suffice. 

Sunday night showed both sides of Thomas’ motivation. He started by stating the obvious: 

Yet it’s what followed that tweet that reminded everyone why Thomas was so beloved in Boston.

Given that he was the last pick in his draft and was twice discarded in trades — with one such occurrence coming from a team that decided they’d rather have someone else than pay him max money — Thomas should and will always be a “chip on his shoulder” guy. It’s a quality that comes off as forced with players who have been handed everything throughout their careers, but in Thomas’ case it’s clearly genuine.

When Thomas finally does return, he’s going to have even more motivation. Not only will he be playing for a new contract, but now he feels disrespected again. That usually leads to him going off. 


 

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

The Celtics have waived swingman Abdel Nader, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. It opens up a roster spot perhaps for Jabari Bird or another player who impressed in Summer League play.

Nader, 24, a native of Egypt, was a second-round pick in 2016 (58th overall). The 6-6 guard/small forward averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds and shot 33.6 percent (35.4 from 3) in 48 games last season, his first in the NBA.  He's still owed $450,000 but the rest of his contract was non-guaranteed. 

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Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Gordon Hayward told our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely earlier this week that "I'm just about full speed" (see video above) as he recovers from the devastating injury that derailed his season five minutes into his Celtics debut.

As if to prove it, Hayward posted an Instagram video that shows his surgically repaired ankle appearing to hold up pretty well as he hits a series of step-back and turnaround jumpers working with skills coach Drew Hanlen and finishes with him sinking 18 consecutive 3-pointers and counting.

It's on to five-on-five work next month. 

Click here for more on Blakely's exclusive one-on-one interview with Hayward.

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