However, the team is also planning to honor Isaiah Thomas on the same night with a tribute video.
“We had some good stuff going in the second quarter”, Korver said. “Hopefully the Boston Celtics will do that for me”. Playing on back-to-back nights the Celtics had been preparing for the Cavs since New Years Eve Cleveland shot 34.8 percent. And the Cavaliers were playing on the road after flying in late Tuesday night.
“Cleveland, thank you! Tonight was a very special night for me and y’all made it what it was with the love y’all showed me when I checked in the game”.
Cavaliers: Begin a five-game trip against the Celtics. The Sixers snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Spurs, who sat out Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay on the second day of back-to-back games.
“I nearly walked that way, into (the Celtics’) locker room”, joked Thomas, who averaged 24.7 points in three-plus seasons in Boston and was an All-NBA Second Team selection last season.
Speaking of I.T., since the National Basketball Association started recording minutes played in 1951-52, only four other players have scored as many points and played less than 20 minutes in a win in their first game for a team: Joe Caldwell (21 points for the St. Louis Hawks in 1965), Johnny Neumann (21 for the Buffalo Braves in 1976), Richie Frahm (18 for Timberwolves in 2005) and Tim Thomas (20 for Suns in 2006). – In 19 minutes on the floor against Portland, Thomas showed why he will make Cleveland a better team. “First and foremost, I will always value him as a friend and person I got to be teammates with”, Stevens said. Boston had to include that Nets pick, because that’s how much more Boston valued Kyrie, who previous year, statistically was not as good as Isaiah Thomas in the trade. See what happens next. He did 15 years here so there’s nothing that I can take from him.
“It’s new for all of us, it’s new for Coach [Tyronn Lue], it’s new for us”, Thompson recently told ESPN.
It would be odd if the Celtics chose to back out on the Thomas video now, so they’re left with a hard decision.
“I just got in there, and you just can’t go and shoot every time”. James had 19 points, sitting down the stretch, and Irving had just 11, missing all five of his 3-pointers.
“He really cemented himself as a premier player in this league and (I am) nothing short of happy for a guy like that”.
“He texted me last night”. If I don’t, I stay ready. He’s going to be just fine. The Celtics’ defense was on its game, getting into passing lanes and forcing the Cavs out of their sets, not that there was much resistance as the Cavs were lethargic and didn’t match the energy.
“I enjoyed watching that throughout the game”, Pierce said.
The deal is an instant success for Boston, Irving blending in even faster and easier than I thought possible. “So as long as we’re winning, I think both of us understand that we bring different things to the table, but we all just want to win in the end, and it ain’t always going to be cookies and cream”.