Isaiah Thomas Sends Confident Message to Doubters via Social Media

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Among the issues that the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently facing as they attempt to bounce back from a slow start is the absence of point guard Isaiah Thomas, the key part of the acquisition that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in August. Thomas is continuing to rehabilitate his injured hip and isn’t expected to play for the Cavs until January.

Despite that concern, as well as speculation that Thomas may never again produce like he did during the 2016-17 NBA season because of the severity of the injury, the 5-foot-9 guard remains confident about his ability to perform at a high level and took to social media to make that clear.

Last year, Thomas averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game, shooting 38 percent from long-range. He suffered the hip injury during the latter part of the regular season, then helped his Celtics team reach the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost in five games to the Cavaliers. Thomas missed the final three games of that series when he could no longer play because of the injured hip.

Thomas will be especially motivated to perform at a top level because he can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Putting up similar numbers to last year and helping lead the Cavaliers to their second NBA title in three years would help his price tag go up immeasurably.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.