During the rehab process of Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas the timetable for his return to the court has been early January. Over the past four weeks Thomas has made progress and has slowly ramped up his on court activity. On Sunday at Detroit’s Class Tech High school Thomas made his biggest stride to date. It was a significant development in his rehab process.
Thomas was able to run from one end of the court to the other at full speed before catching and shooting three point shots. This was the quickest Thomas had moved on the court during his rehab process. According to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com Thomas also ran five on zero offensive drills with his teammates.
“Thomas said the workout he completed Sunday was the “hardest I’ve run” during his recovery, and it “felt good for the most part.” Vardon stated. “He said the next step in the process would be cutting and changing direction, and team sources say Thomas has completed each stage of rehab with no setbacks or pauses or side effects.”
Isaiah Thomas also spoke on his progress and about how the Cavaliers organization has handled his rehab process.
“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.”
The Cavaliers are currently without their two rotation point guards with Derrick Rose also sidelined with a sprained ankle. Rose is due back in about two weeks. It is very possible that both Thomas and Rose could return at the same time. Iman Shumpert had been filling in at the point until he suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for a week. Veteran Jose Calderon got the start at the point last night in Detroit and played very well facilitating the offense and contributing 14 points.
The return of Thomas will be a welcome sight for the Cavaliers and their fans. There will certainly be an adjustment period but once acclimated Thomas should fit like a glove.