Isaiah Thomas got his powers back in Lakers debut


The 29-year-old connected on seven of his 12 shots from the field, burying 4-of-8 from deep and a clean 4-of-4 from the charity stripe while making his team debut.

In his debut, Thomas scored 22 points while dishing out six assists.

Thomas, who was part of a four-player blockbuster at the trade deadline that also brought Channing Frye to L.A., missed the first 36 games of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season recovering from a hip injury. For guards who have averaged 25 points per game or more, he had the * a href="*GE*10:GP*GE*40&Season=2016-17&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&PlayerPosition=G&StarterBench=Starters" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" *third-highest true shooting percentage of all time in 2016-17.

Thomas, a lifelong Lakers fan, completed his first practice with his new team on Monday, an occasion that coincided with Lonzo Ball's first practice, albeit a limited one, in almost a month. "As I get more familiar with the guys and playbook, it will be even better, especially in close games, executing down the stretch", Thomas said.

Per Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, Lakers head coach Luke Walton said something similar about Thomas' reaction to not being a starter.

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Thomas says he's regained those powers; now, they need to show up consistently. I got to see him play a lot.

Besides noticing the mismatches that await, the Lakers must figure a way to play defense when Thomas on the floor.

When Ball returns from his injury, Walton could start Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Ingram, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez. That's just getting familiar with each other, practicing more. "This market will be an interesting one and it's one I don't think everyone has a handle on yet". So, it's confirmed: Isaiah Thomas only plays well on subpar teams. "You can see his competitive spirit come out a little bit".

Prior to the trade deadline, they offloaded six players - Isaiah, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye - and brought in four - George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

"I mean, this is the first real practice I had all year", he said, according to Ward. Thomas got a flagrant foul in the second half when he pulled Kyle Collinsworth down by the shoulders when the Dallas guard was going up for a dunk.