Lillard to return for Blazers, Thomas to debut for Cavaliers

NBA.com Global on Jan 03, 2018 07:08 AM
Lillard to return for Blazers, Thomas to debut for Cavaliers
FILE - PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 24: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers is introduced before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 24, 2017 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Cleveland Cavaliers know they'll (at last) have their star point guard available today. The Portland Trail Blazers seem primed to say the same thing after theirs was out as well.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts confirmed Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that Lillard will indeed play tonight against the Cavaliers with no minutes restriction.

For the Cavs, Isaiah Thomas is making his long-awaited debut. After months of rehab, the All-Star point guard will take the floor for the first time with the Cavaliers, who acquired him last summer in the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Thomas will come off the bench and initially will play limited minutes.

Also, he will not play in back-to-back games as he builds up strength, which means he won't face the Celtics on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in Boston.

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