Isaiah Thomas showed he could provide a valuable service to LeBron James and the Cavs in his first game

Business Insider | 1/3/2018 | Tyler Lauletta
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Isaiah Thomas received a standing ovation as he checked in for the first time as a Cleveland Cavalier.

In just 19 minutes, Thomas scored 17 points and helped lead the Cavs second unit on a huge run against the Blazers.

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While his appearance was brief, Thomas gave basketball fans a look at just how valuable he could be to Cleveland's effort to return to the NBA Finals.

Isaiah Thomas made his long-awaited Cleveland Cavaliers debut last night and immediately showed just how valuable he could be to LeBron James and the rest of his teammates.

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In just 19 minutes of action, Thomas scored 17 points and notched three assists, providing a secondary spark for the Cavaliers' offense that could prove vital if Cleveland hopes to make yet another run at the NBA Finals this year.

As he checked in to the game for the first time, Thomas received a standing ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Minutes - Game - Action - Flashes - Brilliance

In his limited minutes of game action, he showed flashes of the brilliance that lead him to lead the league in scoring last year, including this hard drive to the basket that should quell any concerns fans have about Thomas coming back from injury a bit timid.

While Thomas will no doubt be a part of the Cavs crunch time lineup once he's worked back from injury and is off a minutes restriction, another role of his was even more evident during his brief showing on Tuesday — captain of the second unit.

Minutes - Cavaliers - Lineup - Starters

For eight minutes, the Cavaliers played with a lineup with no starters...
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