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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas may be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a severe hip injury, according to a report from cleveland.com.
Thomas has been out since the playoffs in May and isn’t expected back until January. That timetable may have been moved up, according to the report.
“Though there has been no official update on that target from the Cavs, Thomas’ on-court work has increased at practice and before games,” Joe Vardon of cleveland.com reported. “He received a full training-table stretching and treatment before Friday’s game in Washington, and then hit the court for stationary, one-dribble, and two-dribble shooting, as well as some half-speed drives to the hoop. Sunday, he was running on the court.”
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue offered little in terms of officially updating Thomas’ status.
“I don’t know,” Lue said. “You know, the staff is doing a great job of just, you know, just trying to get him ready, trying to get him right, so, we don’t want to rush him back if he’s not 100 percent. They’ve been doing a good job of taking it slow, making sure they’re rehabilitating him the right way, and we just go from there.”
Thomas is 5-foot-9 and averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists in 76 games with the Boston Celtics last season. He was acquired in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.