Cleveland Cavaliers injured point guard Isaiah Thomas was seen running full-court in Detroit Sunday as the team preps for their matchup with the Pistons on Monday.
Thomas participated in full-court five-on-zero offensive drills with his teammates. The All-Star told Cleveland.com that Sunday was the “hardest I’ve run” during the rehabilitation process and he “felt good for the most part” afterward.
The Cavs haven’t made any formal announcement in regards to Thomas’ progression. He’s still expected to be back in the lineup around January.
Thomas tells Cleveland.com he appreciates the fact that the Cavs haven’t been rushing him back and are publicly supporting his every move.
“I’m protecting myself, so, even if they wanted me to hurry back, I’m not going to hurry back, just because I’ve got a long career ahead of me and an important summer as well,” Thomas told Cleveland.com. “So, I’ve got to make sure I’m 100 percent healthy before I step out on the floor. But these guys have not rushed me one bit. They’ve taken their time with me and I appreciate that. Because most teams, they want you out there, especially if things aren’t going well. But even with this little rut we’ve been in, it’s been like take your time. Don’t worry about this. We’ll be alright. That gives you a lot of confidence going forward, knowing that nobody’s here to rush you.”
The Cavs (9-7) have won four in a row and seem to be turning the corner. They will be without Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert for the foreseeable future.
Jose Calderon will make his second start at point guard versus Detroit.