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Isaiah Thomas has a knack for making impressive debuts with his new teams.
Just as he did when he played his first game as a Cleveland Cavalier, Thomas played well in his initial game as a Los Angeles Laker.
The 29-year-old two-time All-Star point guard, sent to LA along with Channing Frye and Cleveland’s 2018 first-round draft pick in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., came off the bench for the Lakers in a 130-123 loss at Dallas on Saturday night. Frye did not play.
The 5-foot-9 Thomas had 22 points and six assists in 31 minutes, making seven of this dozen shots, including 4-of-8 from 3.
— NBA (@NBA) February 11, 2018
Afterward, he felt he added something to the Lakers (23-32), who lost for just the fifth time in their last 17 games.
“I wanted to bring something to the table,” Thomas said. “I felt like I got my powers back playing on this team.”
Despite Thomas’ impressive final stat line, he also finished with six turnovers and in the fourth quarter, he had more fouls (5) than points (4) and his team had its four-game winning streak snapped by a Dallas squad that is now just 18-38 on the season.
Isaiah Thomas had more fouls (5) than points (4) in the fourth quarter as the Lakers lost to a Mavs team that was last place in the West and sat all its vets in crunch time. https://t.co/e63hc6oQVA
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 11, 2018
The Lakers gave up 58 points in the 17:22 that IT was on the bench tonight.
He's an atrocious defender, and we saw why he's problematic on that end, but if you're pinning this defensive performance on him, you're ignoring an awful lot of other problems.
— Laker Film Room (@LakerFilmRoom) February 11, 2018
Still, Lakers coach Luke Walton believes Thomas’ addition will be beneficial to Los Angeles.
“He brings another dimension to what we have,” Walton said. “When he is able to control pick-and-rolls and get people shots, obviously we couldn’t run a ton of stuff because he has been with us for one day, but he was good.”
We'll never forget the Isaiah Thomas Era in Cleveland pic.twitter.com/eGHiX7mVPl
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 9, 2018
Thomas’ time in Cleveland lasted but 15 games before he was sent to the Lakers.