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CLEVELAND — Tyronn Lue isn’t feeling anxious about Isaiah Thomas’ return to action and debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
And Lue says Thomas should’t be nervous, either. At least, not for long.
“Once he hits the floor and gets banged and sees he has no damage or is not hurt, that will help him get past the mental block of coming back after being out for seven months,” the Cavs’ coach said of the star point guard.
Thomas was scheduled to make his Cavs debut Tuesday vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s under a minutes restriction, though Lue did not reveal prior to the game what that might be. “I forget,” he said, somewhat jokingly.
Thomas will sit out one game of back-to-back sets for now — but Lue said Thomas will start on a regular basis. So look for Thomas to start Saturday at Orlando. (He won’t play Wednesday at Boston.)
Thomas has been out since May with an injured hip. He averaged 28.9 points per game with the Celtics last season.
As for any nervousness, Lue said he’ll feel better the first time Thomas takes a hit on the court.
“I’ll feel good because I know he’s 100 percent,” Lue said. “Mentally, you have to get over it.”
The Cavs (24-12) had lost four of five entering Tuesday night.
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