Sport Isaiah at '80 percent,' trying to convince Cavs to play him more

06:15  06 january  2018
06:15  06 january  2018 Source:   theScore

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas is on the path to recovery from a hip injury he sustained in last season’s Eastern Conference Playoffs. By most accounts, the former Washington Huskies stand-out is nearing a return, and it sounds like he’s itching to play .

Isaiah Thomas wearing a hat© Jason Miller / Getty Images Sport / GettyIsaiah Thomas feels ready to push the pace on that "slow grind."

After missing the first 36 games of the season due to a hip injury, the Cleveland Cavaliers are easing the point guard into the rotation. Thomas is on a minutes restriction and can only play in half of back to backs, but thinks he can take on more.

"I'm trying to get them to let me play a little more," he said Friday, as quoted by ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "Especially (because) I played all right the first game that I played, so I'm - trust me - I'm on them about playing a little more because for the most part I feel fine. I'm a little sore, and I expected to be sore and a little stiff, but for the most part, my body feels good."

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Isaiah Thomas is short as hell and possibly has a bad hip, but if he stays healthy the Cavs He scored 1.12 points per possession on 2.3 isolation plays per game last year (Irving scored 1.12 points per on 6.8 plays per ), and led the league in drives per game at 12.7, shooting 51.2 percent on those plays .

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas told reporters Friday he's feeling " 80 percent " after making his regular-season debut Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. "I'm trying to get them to let me play a little more ," Thomas said, per McMenamin.

Asked how good, Thomas said he was slowly but surely returning to full strength.

"Man, 80 (percent), probably," he replied. "Like, I'm not in any type of shape. And then on top of where I want to be physically, I'm not as powerful as I want to be and explosive. But that's going to come with a lot of (practice) reps and game repetitions. So, I'm getting close, but it will probably take a while until I feel like I did last season."

The team hasn't set a timeline on when the restrictions will be lifted, as it'll be determined by the training staff and how Thomas feels. For his part, the explosive scorer said he will continue to stay on top of his rehab in order to get back to the MVP level he played at last season.

Thomas joined the Cavaliers via trade from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving megadeal this past summer.

The two-time All-Star put up 28.9 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game last season. He notched 17 points and three assists in 19 minutes Tuesday in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

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