The Truth: Pierce doesn't want to share jersey retirement with IT4 tribute

The Celtics scraped over the line for the second consecutive game on Sunday, holding off the Brooklyn Nets to win 108-105.

The waiting officially came to an end January 2 at The Q when 5-foot-9 guard Isaiah Thomas with 4:29 left in the first quarter entered a game for the first time since May 19 of a year ago when a hip injury prematurely ended his playoff run with the Celtics... They agreed and rescheduled for February 12.

How many minutes for Isaiah? .

Damian Lillard outdueled Isaiah Thomas in a battle of returning All-Star guards yesterday morning (Singapore time), but Thomas' team had the last laugh. In the nine minutes that IT was on the floor and LeBron wasn't, the Cavs outscored the Blazers 31-13.

Thomas said it won't be hard to sit out this time, but he's circled the Feb.11 return visit by the Cavs to Boston. The Warriors have been cruising since some early-season stumbles, and they are now finally healthy. The Celtics finished with the top seed a year ago, but lost in the conference finals to Cleveland. Trying to find a fit for a scorer like Thomas is a problem just about every other team would gladly take on at the moment. And, quite honestly, who can blame him? In that time, however, Thomas showed us that he was, in fact, nearly 100 percent healthy.

Aldridge sank 29 points, while Leonard notched a season-high 25 points, made eight rebounds and four assists.

Speaking of I.T., since the National Basketball Association started recording minutes played in 1951-52, only four other players have scored as many points and played less than 20 minutes in a win in their first game for a team: Joe Caldwell (21 points for the St. Louis Hawks in 1965), Johnny Neumann (21 for the Buffalo Braves in 1976), Richie Frahm (18 for Timberwolves in 2005) and Tim Thomas (20 for Suns in 2006). Boston is a dismal 3-14 SU in its past 17 matchups with the Cavaliers, including a 1-7 SU mark in eight dates at TD Garden, and dropped a 102-99 decision in Cleveland as 4.5-point underdogs on the opening night of the season. At 25-13, they're now third in the East, 4? games back of No. 1 Boston and two games behind the No. 2 Toronto Raptors, whom they play later on their five-game trip. More importantly, his game didn't look entirely out of whack, and the Cavaliers graciously let him do whatever so he could get his powers back. The MVP candidate finished with 19 points, shooting 8-of-15 from the field. The Celtics are 3.5-point home favorites. Although he had expressed shock at the trade and held a grudge toward Danny Ainge, who orchestrated it, the relationship between him and the Boston fans remains unblemished. And it's not going to vibe right with LeBron for a while. Boston haven't been in great form for a while now, and the Cavs appear to be asserting themselves as the number one team in the East, despite their record. So, with the games coming, it's going to give me an opportunity to get my rhythm back, get my feel back. He suggested Thomas's video tribute should be sent to him by the Celtics "on Twitter or Instagram".

  • Leroy Wright