Some injury relief will come for the Wizards on Saturday night as Isaiah Thomas is deemed available to play against the San Antonio Spurs.
Thomas has been recovering from thumb surgery for the past two months that forced him to miss all of training camp and the first two games of the regular season. Just before Wednesday's season opener, the point guard made his return to practice with the team.
The two-time All-Star being available will give head coach Scott Brooks some help at the point guard position. Without John Wall, Thomas was expected to be the primary option to run the offense. Missing Thomas forced Brooks' hand into starting veteran Ish Smith for the first two games of the season. Alongside Smith, Bradley Beal has also held a lot of the load in directing the team offensively.
After Smith, second-year player Chris Chiozza and rookie Justin Robinson were the only other backup PGs on the roster. Chiozza even saw significant time, playing 34 minutes in two games.
Without question, Thomas' best playing days are behind him as he has been hampered with injuries ever since he was traded by the Celtics in 2017. However, he currently has the best cachet of all the other true point guards for the Wizards.
It is anticipated the 30-year-old will make his debut tonight against the Spurs. His minutes will likely be restricted to slowly work him back into game shape.
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