Thomas confident he’ll help LeBron, Cavs

Isaiah Thomas is ready, willing and -- now -- able, to start at point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who visit the Orlando Magic tonight.

Isaiah Thomas is reportedly closing in on a return, reportedly within the next six weeks or so, and he doesn’t think fitting in next to Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James will be an issue.

“It’s definitely going to be an adjustment period but me being older, me knowing the game a little bit more and being a student of the game, I’m going to be able to adjust quicker than somebody else could,” Thomas told Joe Vardon of

Thomas is a 5-foot-9 point guard who came over from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade. He averaged 28.9 points per game last season, but suffered a major hip injury in the playoffs against the Cavs. He has been recovering since.

“I feel good man,” Thomas said. “Every week I’m getting better and better, and I’m able to do more and more, and it’s getting there.”

The Cavs (5-7) have struggled early, with poor defense and an occasional lack of cohesion offensively being the main culprits.

“It’s been frustrating because I know where I can help at,” Thomas said. “Not just scoring and making plays, but being that leader, being that voice out there and holding everybody accountable.

“Not saying that guys aren’t doing that, but I know where I can help at, in so many ways other than just scoring the basketball. And I think I could really put pressure on the defense.”