Bad news for anyone who loves a good narrative: As feared, Thomas won’t play against the Celtics tomorrow.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters that Thomas, who has been out all season with a hip injury suffered when he played for the Celtics, said the 5-foot-9 all-star will make his season debut on Tuesday against Portland which means he will not play against Boston the following night.
Regardless, Thomas will be with the Cavaliers when they travel to Boston
Thomas, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
“I know it will be all love,” Thomas said. “I keep saying that I gave that city everything I had and they showed me genuine love back and I think that love is going to last forever. So, there’s no hard feelings. This ain’t no revenge game. They know what they gave up. They knew what they got. It’s all good. I’m focused on the Cleveland Cavaliers and trying to win a championship.”
Thomas has expressed bitterness toward the Celtics, but he gave so much to them. The Cavs return to Boston Feb. 11 and maybe again in the playoffs. Thomas’ individual storyline will eventually fade into the matchup between two of the East’s best teams.
But, for now, I expect Boston fans to look past anything Thomas has said about the organization since the trade and greet him with a standing ovation.