It’s been over a year since Isaiah Thomas donned an NBA jersey, but the 32-year-old goaltender still managed to score 10 points, distribute two assists and grab two rebounds for his debut in a loss. of 123-107 against the Atlanta Hawks.
“It felt good. The biggest thing is we lost so it wasn’t as good, ”Thomas told reporters. “Individually, I felt good. I was moving. I arrived at my seats. I just didn’t reverse my punches.
Tuesday night’s game was Thomas’ first since February 3, 2020, while with the Washington Wizards.
The nine-year veteran guard signed a 10-day contract with the Pelicans on Saturday.
Thomas hit a three-runner on an assist from Eric Bledsoe for his first bucket.
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It would be the first of eight consecutive points for the returning guard.
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Thomas has played a total of 25 minutes but expects to be more aggressive in the next few games; enter the paint and the free throw line
“I’ll be better tomorrow, though, but I definitely felt a little different there, but overall move and be myself.
It was Thomas’ first opportunity to team up with Zion Williamson.
“He is incredible. He’s unstoppable, ”Thomas said. “To be able to share the field with him, to see how powerful and strong he is, to see how athletic he is. I’m just here to try to help.
Before the game, Thomas told ESPN: “I was always going to come back no matter what. If you ever have any doubts, you shouldn’t do anything with what you’re doing, ”said Thomas. “Some days it was difficult to get up and continue working without seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. But I have the greatest faith and the greatest confidence in myself.
The competition will only intensify for Thomas as the Pelicans face the Brooklyn Nets in their second game.
“It was amazing to be there. It was great to be back, but it will only be better if we have a victory, ”said Thomas.