Tom Wither of the Associated Press reported today that Isaiah Thomas could return sooner than expected.
“Day by day, dribble by dribble, Isaiah Thomas looks a little more like an All-Star point guard — like himself.
And just maybe like one who can rescue the reeling Cavaliers.
Thomas has been increasing the intensity of his workouts and is making strong progress in his recovery from a serious hip injury that ended his 2016 season in Boston and delayed his debut with Cleveland.
As Cavs coach Tyronn Lue and a member of Cleveland’s medical staff kept an eye on him from an adjacent floor at Cleveland Clinic Courts, Thomas broke a healthy sweat during a workout Monday under the guidance of assistant coach Phil Handy, who fired him passes and praise. Thomas worked on his 3-pointer, man-to-man defense, conditioning, ball handling and free throws as he nears a return that may be coming sooner than imagined.”
While the team has not publicly updated his timetable for return, his ever increasing workload could be an indicator for what they’re planning to do. The original plan was for him to come back in late December, but the team has really been struggling in his absence. His scoring ability opposite LeBron could be the answer to the woes of the Cavs starting unit and the all-around dreadful 3-point shooting. If he’s 100%, it would be in the team’s best interest to bring him back before their previously stated schedule.
Isaiah has been extremely vocal on twitter about his desire to return as soon as possible. Thomas tweeted, “I just wanna HOOP!!!!!” on Sunday night. He also had this amazing tweet in an attempt to shut down his haters for when he returns.
Even today, he’s been retweeting articles that dive into his potential to make it back sooner than expected. (He should definitely retweet this one)
On Monday, Ty Lue made a point in their press conference that they will not bring Isaiah back until he’s completely healthy, both physically and mentally. That should still be the plan, but if that happens earlier than they previously expected, I see no reason why they should keep him out till the end of December anyway. The guy obviously wants to get back out there and the team definitely needs him. Thankfully, it’s looking more and more like an early return is going to happen.