No Celtics video tribute tomorrow, per Isaiah Thomas request

Posted Января 03, 2018

Monday's practice was the final tune-up, the last step in his grueling grind."I never took the game for granted", Thomas said. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Thomas would come off the bench and play on a minutes restriction. Celtics spokesman Christian Megliola said there would be no tribute video for Thomas "at his request"; Thomas said on Twitter that he wanted to hold off until he was ready to play, and have his family there. The Cavaliers also visit on February 11, a night that has been set aside to retire Paul Pierce's No. 34. That could be a busy night at the Garden. He was traded to Cleveland over the summer in a blockbuster that brought guard Kyrie Irving to Boston. "I can wait and put on a show then". "They haven't even had Isaiah yet, and we all know how special he is".

The 5-foot-9 guard reshaped the Boston franchise upon his arrival at the 2015 trade deadline, helping lead the team to three straight postseason berths. He helped turn a lottery team into a postseason contender and put the team on his back with an incredible postseason run last season, playing through the death of his younger sister just prior to the playoffs. He returned to the team but re-aggravated the injury in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semi finals against the Wizards and did not play the rest of the season. "And Thomas said today he'd have a hard time in his comeback game in Boston without a full allotment of minutes to make an impact".

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Thomas, now 28 years of age, was a beloved member of the Celtics organization, but he's already been ruled out for Wednesday night's game in Beantown.

"It's a blessing", he told reporters. They still may have not reached their ultimate goal, but there have been moments that will never be forgotten by any players or fans and will go into the new year with one of the most exciting cores in the National Basketball Association. "It's been a long process for me. I'm happy it's here".

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